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Maryland Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

Like much of the nation, Maryland is fairly new to solar power. Luckily, like many other states, it’s making up for lost time. Maryland now produces 1,342.4 MW of solar power each year, making up 4.31 percent of the state’s total electricity generation.


Maryland State Profile and Energy Estimates

Maryland wraps around the Chesapeake Bay and extends west into the Appalachian region, where the state’s only fossil fuel reserves—coal and natural gas—are found. Baltimore, the state’s largest city and one of the 20 largest ports in the nation, moves both coal and petroleum products. Maryland’s renewable energy resources—hydropower, solar, wind, and biomass—are distributed widely across the state.


Empower Maryland

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) strongly supports energy efficiency and conservation programs developed pursuant to the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act (codified at Md. Code Ann., Public Utilities § 7-211). In enacting the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act in 2008, the Maryland General Assembly noted that “energy efficiency is among the least expensive ways to meet the growing electricity demands of the State” (Id.§ 7-211(b)).

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Maryland

Between 2017 and 2019, Maryland experienced five severe storms, one tropical cyclone, and two winter storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.


State-by-State: Climate Change in Maryland

Maryland is vulnerable to climate change, presenting risks to people, stressing infrastructure and causing agricultural and ecological impacts. Maryland’s climate has already warmed by one to two degrees Fahrenheit in the last century. Increasing variability in precipitation will likely cause more floods and droughts. The sea is rising about one inch every seven to eight years, increasing saltwater intrusion and harming wetlands and other coastal ecosystems.


Maryland and Climate Change

To meet the growing challenges climate change is having on Maryland, the region and the world, UMCES research programs seek to broaden our understanding of climate change’s effects on coastal ecosystems, specifically their sensitivity and adaptability to those changes. By collaborating with colleagues and providing institutional support to policymakers, UMCES scientists and graduate students are rising to the challenge of understanding the regional effects of climate change and charting a path to a more sustainable future.


Climate Change Program

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is leading Governor Hogan’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to the potential consequences of climate change while creating jobs and benefiting the economy, as required by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA) of 2009 and 2016. Although many initiatives throughout the State contribute to these efforts, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (chaired by Secretary Ben Grumbles) are key efforts by MDE.