Maryland accelerates adoption of solar energy
Annapolis, Maryland: Today, Governor Martin O'Malley (D) signed into law legislation which accelerates the target date for achieving Maryland's renewable energy standard with a two-percent solar energy requirement. The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for Solar Energy and Solar Water Heating Systems bill dictates that by 2020 utilities must get 2 percent of their electricity from solar power, whereas the previous target was 2022. The change means that the incremental solar requirement from 2013 to 2021 is increased slightly on an annual basis.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, claimed, "This is an important victory for Maryland's quickly emerging solar energy market" and added that "the state's RPS policy has worked. We've seen a dramatic decline in the cost of solar energy, rapid job growth and tens of millions of dollars in economic expansion."
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