Support Community Solar in Howard County - No Moratorium
Nearly half of all Americans cannot enjoy the benefits of renewable solar energy. In order to give more residents access to clean energy, Maryland launched the Community Solar Pilot Program—a new way for Howard County residents to gain access to solar energy without a solar roof. Community Solar projects avoid air pollution and give county residents the opportunity to save money on their electric bills.
In spite of these benefits, Howard County is considering a moratorium (Bill CB55-2019) that would prevent county residents from benefiting from locally-produced clean energy.
Howard County community solar projects would keep nearly 349,145 metric tons of air pollution out of our air and give farmers who host these projects a new source of stable revenue. A prolonged moratorium means no community solar projects will be built in Howard County for the foreseeable future and threatens local landowners' rights to add a new revenue source to their land.
We urge the Howard County Council to support Community Solar and vote “No” on Bill CB55-2019. Doing so provides local residents access to regionally-produced solar energy, helps them save money and helps protect our shared world for future generations.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network says community solar, "wouldn’t just be a victory for cleaner air and water. It would mean more economic investment…and a chance for many residents to see real savings on their electric bills."
By signing the petition below, you’re telling the Howard County Council to vote “No” on Bill CB55-2019, the solar moratorium in Howard County. Howard County should move forward with Community Solar projects immediately.