Southern Maryland electric cooperative’s electric portfolio will receive a 10 mega-watt boost. This is as a result of a power purchase agreement made between the cooperative and a developer of solar energy based in Colorado. The acquisition of the additional power is as a result of a state requirement for all electric utilities to obtain 0.5 percent of the capacity by 2015 from solar energy.
This is the cooperative’s second development since 2012. The first development is a 5.5 mega-watt field which has produced over 10 million kilowatt-hours of energy since it began operations in 2012.
The new solar facility will be developed on 80 acres of land located in Waldorf and will be known as the Rockfish Solar Facility. It is expected that the facility will begin generating power in the latter part of 2014. It is also expected that facility will generate enough electricity to power up to 1,300 homes within the vicinity.
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