Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) announced today the completion of Simba, a 3-MW community solar farm built across 24 acres in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The project was developed and built by Cypress Creek Renewables, who remains the O&M contractor, and will be providing nearly 375 Maryland residences with savings via credits applied to their electricity bills. The project is owned and operated by Summit Ridge Capital.
“SRE is excited to turn on this community solar project in Maryland with our partners at Cypress Creek,” said SRE CEO Steve Raeder. “Simba is the first of our 19 projects in the state that will come online by the end of 2020, and serves as a prime example of the ‘win-win’ benefits solar power can provide to residential customers.”
“Today we join Summit Ridge Energy to celebrate the completion of Simba Solar, Maryland’s newest community solar farm,” said Sarah Slusser, CEO of Cypress Creek Renewables. “Located on land leased from the Brandywine Lions Club, Simba Solar generates new funds for this important civic club and renewable energy for Maryland residents.”
When fully constructed in Q4 of 2020, SRE’s community solar fleet in Maryland will generate ~35 GWh/year of credits representing over $5,000,000 in utility savings over the next 20 years for customers located throughout both BG&E and Pepco Service territories.
Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which was expanded earlier this year, mandates that 50% of the state’s electricity will be generated by in-state sources of renewable energy by 2030 and targets 100% by 2040. The Community Solar Pilot Program offers landowners the opportunity to create predictable, long-term income by hosting solar projects while providing access to solar energy and cost savings for neighboring residences. The Simba project, along with Summit Ridge Energy’s additional assets, is amongst the first in the program to come online. Customers for the project were subscribed by Washington, D.C.-based Clean Choice Energy.
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