TurningPoint Energy and ForeFront Power announced that three Maryland-based community solar projects representing 6.57 MWdc are beginning construction, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
These projects were awarded to and developed by TurningPoint Energy as part of Maryland’s Community Solar Pilot Program, which is focused on providing renewable energy benefits and reducing costs for its customers. Customers can subscribe to a local solar system through the program.
“These three projects demonstrate collective community solar pioneering and leadership by the State of Maryland, Maryland Public Service Commission, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, ForeFront Power and TurningPoint Energy,” said Jared Schoch, president of TurningPoint Energy. “These well-planned, well-sited and well-developed solar projects are now open for subscribers and will soon be completed successfully as part of the first year of Maryland’s pilot program for community solar.”
ForeFront Power will be the long-term owner and operator of the projects and has partnered with Arcadia Power to manage subscriber participation. Households can now enroll in one of these local community solar projects by visiting Arcadia Power’s website.
“It is exciting to be a part of this first step for community solar in Maryland and to complete the great work of TurningPoint Energy,” said ForeFront Power Co-CEO Paul Walker. “These projects symbolize ForeFront Power’s commitment to community solar for customers across Maryland.”
Two of the three projects are located in Upper Marlboro, and the third in Kingsville, and are tied to the utilities servicing those regions.
Benefits for the Community
Community solar projects offer all the benefits of solar to those who are unable to install solar at their home. These projects enable individual households, whether they rent or own, the ability to source electricity from a community solar project at a discount to current utility rates.
Beyond the customer-level benefits, these projects will also benefit local communities economically and environmentally.
ForeFront Power is also planting pollinator-friendly ground cover to foster habitat for bees, birds, small mammals and other wildlife.
The projects are also already utilizing various local legal, consulting, engineering and land expertise as part of the development process, and construction will impact even more jobs during the three to four-month process.
News item from TurningPoint Energy