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The state of solar in Maryland
Maryland's diverse landscapes and varying climates make it a hotspot for nature lovers. Whether you live near the coast or enjoy the dense forests of the Allegheny Mountains, you can enjoy more than 200 sunny days each year.*Best Places, Climate in Maryland (Accessed August 11, 2021) https://www.bestplaces.net/climate/state/maryland
All those sunny days provide more than just an ample opportunity to get outdoors. Maryland currently has aggressive clean energy goals, with the state intent on producing at least 1,250 MW of electricity each year through renewable energy.
With this in mind, Maryland residents have several enticing incentives to transition to solar power. As of the end of 2018, 80% of the state's rooftops were solar-viable, with 6.1K existing solar installations.*Google, Project Sunroof: Maryland. (Accessed Aug. 12, 2021) https://sunroof.withgoogle.com/data-explorer/place/ChIJ35Dx6etNtokRsfZVdmU3r_I/ Solar energy projects can vary from large-scale ventures like comprehensive installations or power farms to small consumer installations for individual homes.
How much solar energy does Maryland produce?
Maryland currently produces 1,342.4 MW of solar energy from more than 74,000 installations each year. As a result, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranks the state 17th in solar power. Further, the SEIA expects Maryland to double its solar energy production by 2026.*Solar Energy Industries Association, Maryland Solar (June 15, 2021) https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/maryland-solar
What are the advantages of going solar in Maryland?
In Maryland, home solar panels do more than reduce your income tax bill. The state's impressive pursuit of clean energy sources results in low installation costs and a payback period of five to seven years. You can also expect lifetime savings of more than $55,000 after installing a 5.5 kW system on your home.
Furthermore, throughout the United States, the average cost of solar panels for a home has decreased by 80% over the past decade. The time to turn to solar energy has never been better.
In addition, you can help keep Maryland clean, beautiful, and unpolluted for future generations by installing a residential solar system.
A single 5 kW system has the same carbon-reducing effects of planting about 200 trees,*CleanTechnica, What is More Effective Emissions-Wise, Solar Panels or Trees? (February 29, 2020) https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/29/what-is-more-effective-emissions-wise-solar-panels-or-trees/ reducing CO2 emissions and minimizing your carbon footprint. Widespread adoption of solar energy can help improve local air quality as well, resulting in a happier, healthier state.
How much does solar cost in Maryland?
The cost of a home solar system can vary due to a range of factors, even in the same state. These include:
Quality of the solar system
Quality of the solar panels
Roof materials and pitch
To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.
In Maryland, we found that the average cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $14,200 to $15,150, or in other words, from $2.84 to $3.03 per watt, and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
Maryland offers various incentive programs for qualifying residential and business property owners.
The state's solar rebate program provides a simple reward for installing a solar system. If you invest in a solar system for your home, the state will pay you $1,000.*EnergySage, Maryland Solar Incentives (Accessed August 11, 2021) https://www.energysage.com/local-data/solar-rebates-incentives/md/
In addition, the state features a generous net metering policy that lets you send extra energy produced by your system to the grid for a credit on future electric bills.*EnergySage, Maryland Solar Incentives (Accessed August 11, 2021) https://www.energysage.com/local-data/solar-rebates-incentives/md/
The state, local municipalities and utility companies may also provide added benefits for installations through financial incentives, grants, or rebates. Examples include the Anne Arundel County Property Tax Credit, MD PV Grant, Prince George's Tax Credit, MD Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC), Harford County Property Tax Credit, and others.*Google, Project Sunroof: Maryland. (Accessed Aug. 12, 2021) https://sunroof.withgoogle.com/data-explorer/place/ChIJ35Dx6etNtokRsfZVdmU3r_I/
New solar system owners may also qualify for a 30% federal Investment Tax Credit, which you can claim while filing your U.S. income taxes.*Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
What's the best way to go solar in Maryland?
There's never been a better time to go solar in Maryland. However, not all solar systems are equal. Their durability, appearance, and quality can vary widely based on the solar provider you choose.
Further, the size of your system and the number of panels you will need will depend on your budget, available roof space, and your energy requirements.
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