Maryland’s newest solar site in Frederick County broke ground on Thursday, and county officials were given a tour.
They said the Maryland Pollinator-Friendly Solar Project is set to produce clean and renewable energy.
“Maryland was the first state on the entire East Coast to pass a standard for pollinator-friendly solar,” said Rob Davis, Director, Fresh Energy.
Officials said Maryland is bringing people together to ensure that energy and agriculture work hand-in-hand for a brighter future.
This past year, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan passed legislation to develop standards for solar sites that can be pollinator-friendly.
“This will help Maryland meet its climate change commitments, its greenhouse gas reduction goals and its renewable energy portfolio requirements,” said
Ben Grumbles, Maryland Environmental Secretary.
“Everybody knows that we need to do something to help save the bees, because they provide one third of every bite we eat, but solar sites provide habitat at scale,” said Davis.
The Baker Point solar project was designed by cypress creek renewables.
“We are working with, not against, agriculture, private landowners and farmers; that’s what makes the governor happiest,” said Grumbles.
Officials said Baker Point produces enough energy to power about 2,000 homes per year.
Local businesses are already benefiting, as National Geographic and Monumental Sports (for the Capital One Arena) will purchase the electricity produced by this solar project.
“We off take about 25 percent of their energy with renewable energy at Monumental, and about 50 percent of the energy for National Geographic comes from this site,” said Louis Hutchinson, WGL, Chief Revenue Officer.
Maryland wants to continue to be an example on how pollinator-friendly solar sites can survive.
Officials said this is the first solar site in Maryland designed to meet the statewide standards for pollinator-friendly solar sites.