Maryland’s commitment to 50% renewable energy by 2030 became law after Governor Larry Hogan allowed it to pass without his signature on May 22. According to the Sierra Club, the 50% by 2030 RPS will include a jump from 2.5% in-state solar to 14.5% by 2030. The law also increases funding for clean energy workforce development.
“The Clean Energy Jobs Act is exactly what it says it is: legislation that will allow Maryland to become a leader in clean energy by boldly and fully investing in solar, wind, and other sources, including the largest solar carve-out in the country,” said Solar United Neighbors’ Maryland program director Lauren Barchi in a statement. “By taking this incredible step forward, Maryland has set itself apart from its neighbors as a state that is committed not just to the economic freedom of its residents, but to their energy freedom as well.”
“Sunrun applauds Maryland legislators for passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019,” said Nicole Sitaraman, senior manager of Sunrun. “After two years of hard work, Maryland now has a clear path forward for expanding clean energy, consumer empowerment and jobs across the state. The Clean Energy Jobs Act will particularly enable workforce development opportunities to ensure all Marylanders benefit from the clean energy economy.”
“It can’t be said enough how proud we are of the Maryland legislature and we appreciate Governor Hogan’s support in allowing the bill to become law,” said John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar. “The long-term effects of this law will green the state’s energy system, create well-paying jobs and help consumers save money on their electrical bills. This fiscal-results driven legislation will set Maryland on the right clean energy path for decades to come.”