Legislative Update: Maryland’s Governor O’Malley Signs Bills to Modify RPS, Steady Growth and Jobs to Result
The outlook for Maryland’s solar community just got a little brighter, when late last month, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law two bills that will smooth the path for solar investors and consumers in the coming decade. We applaud the MD legislature for putting forth S.B. 791and H.B. 1187, proving anew their foresight and support of clean energy in the state.
The bills modify the current renewable portfolio standard, moving forward by two years the goal for creating 2 percent of the state’s energy through solar. Combined, the legislation ensures continued steady growth for the solar industry and levels out the boom-bust effect, stabilizing the value of SRECs and incentivizing solar investment. It will also stimulate green job growth through 2018.
As president of the regional Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), Standard Solar CEO Tony Clifford led the Maryland solar industry effort in support of this legislation. Tony along with Marcus Joyner, a Residential Engineer, and Braxton Proctor, a Service Technician, testified in Annapolis in support of the legislation. All three were also on-site in Annapolis during the final days and hours before the votes encouraging legislators to vote for these bills. Our active social media community helped to garner awareness and gain support and we are glad that everyone’s hard work paid off for the future of solar!