ForeFront Energy, TurningPoint Vitality activate 4 Maryland group solar initiatives
ForeFront Power and TurningPoint Energy recently completed four solar projects in Maryland: the Leigh Friend Solar Project this month and three more projects (Kingsville, Croom Road and South Osborne Road) in late 2019. Together, these four projects have created over 150 projects and represent them 9.8 megawatts DC (MW) of solar power supplied to over 1,300 homes in Garrett, Prince George’s, and Baltimore Counties. This solar energy will generate tens of thousands of dollars in revenue for the county over the projects’ 25 year term.
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These projects were awarded and developed by TurningPoint Energy as part of the Maryland State Community Solar Pilot Program. ForeFront Power bought the projects in 2019, built the projects and is now the long-term owner and operator. ForeFront Power and TurningPoint Energy are collaborating on three additional municipal solar projects in the state that will be operational in the coming quarters.
“As a longtime resident of Maryland, I am proud to help ensure that our state’s local communities have a say in the power of their homes,” said Michael Smith, CEO of ForeFront Power. “Solar energy keeps Maryland’s air clean and brings jobs and economic growth to our state at a moment when it is needed.”
TurningPoint Energy and its partners have committed more than $ 90,000 in community investments to worthy pantries, emergency services providers, schools, fire stations and police stations in connection with the development of these projects. TurningPoint Energy has already met this commitment for $ 45,000.
“Maryland’s support for the development of clean and renewable energy is evident in its commitment to thoughtful solar development, net metering guidelines and aggressive renewable energy standards. Community solar projects are especially important to ensure that all Marylanders, regardless of their income level or where they live, have access to the direct benefits of solar energy, ”said Jason Stanek, Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.
In addition to the benefits at the customer level, these projects will also benefit local communities in economic and environmental terms. The projects employed a variety of local skills and manpower throughout the development and construction process, including local legal, advisory, engineering and land skills. During the operation, many of the projects involve local electricians and landscapers. In addition, ForeFront Power planted pollinator-friendly ground cover at the project sites to promote habitat for bees, birds, small mammals and other wildlife.