Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) and Origis Energy USA today announced the parties have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to develop the new Ripley Solar 27.5 MWAC facility to be constructed on Ripley Road in La Plata, Maryland. The solar facility, developed by Origis Energy, is expected to reach full commercial operation by mid-2019. SMECO will purchase all generated energy, capacity and Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) for the next 25 years, helping the electric co-op to fulfill its state mandated renewable portfolio obligation at the lowest cost to its members.
Start-up community solar firm poised for launch in Maryland and DC
Gary Skulnik, CEO and Founder of Neighborhood Sun Benefit Corp., announced today that the firm had successfully completed a recent round of funding from local angel investors. The infusion of capital gives the company the resources it needs as it begins operations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Neighborhood Sun is a B-Corp with a mission to strengthen communities through local solar power projects that provide affordable energy and jobs. The amount raised was $390,000.
This week, the Maryland General Assembly and State Senate passed a bill to ban the practice known as hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” sending the decision off to Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) desk. Hogan has been supportive of the ban and is expected to sign it into law.
Clarksville Commons Wins Wintergreen Award for Excellence in Green Building by the United States Green Business Council (USGBC) Maryland
Clarksville Commons has captured the Wintergreen Award For Excellence for "Small Commercial Redevelopment" from the United States Green Business Council (USGBC) Maryland. The presentation was made at the 12th Annual Awards Celebration on January 26, 2017 at the Exelon Baltimore Headquarters.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), a partnership of five Mid-Atlantic states, has released a report on the role of Mid-Atlantic coastal wetlands in reducing climate risk. The report examines current practices for identifying and prioritizing wetlands for their ability to reduce climate risk and enhance climate resilience in the region. The report, prepared by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), identifies opportunities for improving how coastal wetlands can serve as climate buffers in the coastal states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
Sixty Maryland elected officials – state delegates and senators as well as city and county council members – sent an open letter to the General Assembly urging legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” across the state.