Maryland community solar provider, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, has taken over as the state’s leading provider of renewable energy solutions. Focused on delivering clean electricity to Maryland residents and commercial sites, Nautilus currently mans nearly a dozen solar projects spread across multiple counties. With its projects, the solar provider delivers over 32.8-megawatts to more than 7,000 homes across Maryland.
In an effort to bring affordable renewable energy to residents around Maryland, Nautilus became part of the Maryland Community Solar Pilot Program. Overseen by the Maryland Public Service Commission, the community solar program extends the reach of benefits associated with renewable energy. These include reduced utility bills and the ability to receive solar power without having to install panels. To be eligible for renewable energy, homeowners only have to have a current utility bill.
Nautilus reserves up to 51% of the solar power produced by its projects for middle to low-income households. With funding provided by the Maryland Energy Administration, the community solar provider has been able to offer lower-income subscribers a 25% discount toward community solar. Higher-income families see a guaranteed 10% savings each year by joining Maryland’s community solar programs.
Nautilus continues to grow and in October 2019, the solar provider opened a 6.6-megawatt project. Built on the Panorama landfill, the residential solar farm is the largest in the state and is capable of powering 1,100 homes. Residents in the Pepco Maryland service territory also see benefits from the Panorama solar project.
Throughout Maryland, Nautilus has projects scheduled in 2020 for Baltimore, Cecil, Howard, Prince George, and Washington counties. With each new project, Nautilus is also responsible for creating new jobs. The rapid expansion of solar gardens throughout the United States has made community solar one of the fastest expanding aspects of the industry.
Despite the known benefits of community solar, however, only 19 states take part in the renewable energy.