DGS currently has Solar PV installations at four agency buildings, with total capacity of 432 kW and generating approximately 520,000 kWh per year:
Other Maryland State Agencies have Solar PV installations with total capacity of 1.75 MW and generating approximately 2,943,360 kWh per year:
Generating Clean Horizons
Through a DGS and USM managed initiative, the State purchases renewable power from two large wind installations and a solar installation, through 20-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs):
DGS also works with State agencies in the development and implementation of additional renewable projects throughout the State.
Renewable Energy Credits (REC)
The sale of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) incentivizes investment in renewable power generation. Through the Generating Clean Horizons PPAs, the State pays for renewable electricity generation in two parts: the electricity or electrical energy produced by a renewable generator and the renewable “attributes” (RECs) of that generation. (These attributes account for the tons of greenhouse gas that were avoided by generating electricity from renewable resources instead of conventional fuels, such as coal, nuclear, oil, or gas.) RECs may be sold separately at prevailing market prices.
In 2015, DGS elected to retire a portion of its legacy (2012) RECs in order to satisfy its 2014 obligation under the Maryland Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS):
DGS retains any remaining RECs in an account for future use, such as sale at a discounted price to an eligible public sector entity.
Any questions about State Renewable Energy can be directed to:
301 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201