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Renewables projects = Job creation, says MD biz development manager

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.

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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.

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