By Debra Vogler, senior technical editor
March 21, 2011 -- At the Renewable Energy World/Photovoltaics World Conference & Expo (3/7-3/18/11, Tampa, FL), attendee Elaine McCubbin, Program Manager, Clean Technology and Sustainability, Office of Business Development, State of Maryland, summarized the state of renewable energy developments in the state.
Though the governor of the state has made a major push for wind energy programs -- believing they are the only way the state will be able to meet its goal for renewable energy sources (20% of state’s energy coming from renewables by 2022) -- there are some notable examples of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects as well.
The state is also eyeing job creation as a result of these projects. McCubbin also discusses the importance of feed-in-tarriff (FiTs) to the success of these efforts.
Among the large PV projects cited by McCubbin: a poultry producer based in Maryland will have two large-scale solar PV installations, one in Maryland and the other in Delaware. Another project is being developed at the University of Maryland. There is also an ecology campus/farm in the planning stages for another part of the state with an aim to educate children.