GWSI Testifies Before Maryland State Senate

March 04, 2014

  • The Maryland State House in Annapolis, the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772
  • Ronen testifies before Maryland Senate Finance Committee
  • MD Senate Finance Committee Chairman Middleton and Vice Chairman Astle listen to testimony
  • Vice Chairman Astle questions panelists

On March 4, 2014, GW Solar Institute Director Amit Ronen traveled to Annapolis, MD to testify before the Maryland State Senate’s Finance Committee on Senate Bill 786. The bill, “Electricity-Community Renewable Energy Generating System – Pilot Program,” would establish a new program allowing for up to 50 megawatts (MW) of Community Renewable Energy Generating Systems.

These proposed Community Renewable Energy Generating systems are a form of community solar or virtual net metering that would allow Maryland to aggregate their buying power to overcome economic, physical, and regulatory barriers that may prevent them from acquiring distributed renewable energy like solar on their own properties. 

Ronen’s remarks explained the limitations of traditional forms of net metering and examined the proposed virtual net metering program’s benefits, challenges, and potential impact on solar energy penetration rates in Maryland.

Read the full version of Director Ronen’s Testimony