Butterfly-Friendly Solar Portfolio Brought to Maryland

Last week OneEnergy Renewables, CleanChoice Energy (CCE), and Standard Solar announced they would be developing butterfly-friendly solar sites in Maryland.

One Renewables, CleanChoice Energy (CCE), and Standard Solar are collaborating on a 24-megawatt  solar portfolio across five counties in Maryland. Each site will have a ‘dual-use’ function, producing solar energy and acting as a pollinator habitat. Additionally, the project is expected to produce 39,000 megawatt-hours a year of energy, the equivalent of offsetting 30 million pounds of coal burned.

According to the press release:

“By teaming up with the talented development team at OneEnergy on this statewide portfolio, Standard Solar is helping Maryland reach its renewable energy goals and reinforcing its commitment to Maryland,” said Eric Partyka, Director of Business Development, Standard Solar. “Adding these nine dual-use community solar projects to our ownership portfolio aligns with our goal to increase access to renewable energy for communities across Maryland and of being responsible stewards of environmental resources.”

The projects will help Maryland meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) targets and contribute significant capacity to Maryland’s community solar market. Maryland currently ranks seventeenth in the country for solar capacity, with enough solar installed to power more than 153,000 homes.

Projects are located in the following counties:

  • Anne Arundel County, Utility: BGE – Checkerspot, 2 MWBathian, 2.8 MW, Patuxent, 2.8 MW
  • Baltimore County, Utility: BGE – Sassafras, 2.4 MW, Trillium, 2.8 MW
  • Howard County, Utility: BGE – Metalmark, 2.8 MW, Viceroy, 2.6 MW
  • Prince George’s County, Utility: PEPCO – Monarch, 2.8 MW
  • Dorchester County, Utility: Delmarva – Glassywing, 2 MW

Read the full press release.