For Professionals
Find installers now!
Get free local quotes
Cut your energy costs
Improve your home's value
  • Projektdaten
  • Angebote
Project Type
Please fill out this field
Tätigkeit
Please fill out this field
Area to be heated
Please fill out this field
Type of Solar Thermal
Please fill out this field
Your Utility Company
Please fill out this field
Avg. Monthly Electric Bill
Please fill out this field
Property Type
Please fill out this field
Type of Area
Please fill out this field
Choose the status of your project
Please fill out this field
What is the Timing of your project
Help contractors to schedule your inquiry
Please fill out this field
Fachbetriebe finden & kostenlos Angebote anfordern
Complete your request to receive free local quotes
Please fill out this field
Please fill out this field
Please fill out this field
Please fill out this field
Please fill out this field
Please fill out this field
    Please fill out this field
    3 min. left

    Fact Sheet: Solar Energy Use in Maryland

    Maryland offers a rich array of natural wonders complemented by cosmopolitan charm. The stoic Appalachian Mountain range and gorgeous Eastern Shore are two excellent state treasures worth celebrating, and protecting. Maryland had a head start on renewable energy targets in the country, and today there are a number of incentives available for those interested in taking the steps to adopt a solar energy system.
    Find the right installer
    • Find Licensed Contractors in your Area
    • Receive up to 5 Offers from Contractors
    • Guarantee Best Price, No Fees and Without Obligation!

    aryland helped blaze the trail for renewable energy adoption. This is due to early legislative mandates, such as a 2001 law stating 6% of electricity for government buildings must come from renewable energy sources. Today, over 130 solar companies are in operation, employing over 2000 people in the industry. There are a number of fantastic incentives for homeowners looking to buy or lease a solar energy system. Read on to weigh the pros and cons and find out if a solar energy system is right for you.

    Grid Connected Solar Power Systems in Maryland (2012)

    • Residential Solar Power Systems: 6.5 Megawatt
    • Non-Residential Solar Power Systems: 42.8 Megawatt
    • Utility: 30.4 Megawatt
    • Total: 79.7 Megawatt
    • Cumulative: 116.8 Megawatt

    Maryland is rapidly expanding its capacity for solar power systems installation. Along with Arizona, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada and North Carolina, Maryland’s capacity has more than doubled since 2011. In fact, the state is second only to Nevada for highest growth rate overall.

    Cost of Electricity in Maryland

    • Electricity Price: $0.15 per kWh
    • Average Electricity Bill: $153.00
    • Average Bill after Solar: $59

    As you can see, a solar installation in Maryland can cut your monthly bill by almost two thirds. That is a significant sum to save every month. Keep in mind that the average monthly cost for a leased solar power system is about $38. But even with a leased system the monthly savings amount to $56. At these rates it will take about 4.5 years to amortize, should you choose to buy. In other states it can take over 10 years, so residents of Maryland certainly have an advantage.

    Solar Radiation

    Depending on your location, average solar radiation in Maryland is between 3 and 4 kilowatt per day in the northern part of the state, and between 4 and 5 Kilowatt per day in the south. The amounts represent an area of 1 square meter (10.76 square foot). With a yearly average of 213 sunny or partly sunny days, Maryland fares well for taking advantage of a solar energy system.

    State Solar Incentives and Rebate Programs

    • State Solar Tax Credit: $0.0085/kWh up to a maximum of $2.5 million worth of credits during a five-year period
    • State Solar Rebate: $1000 flat rate per installation/household
    • Property Tax Exemption: 100% exempt
    • Sales Tax Exemption: 100% exempt

    If you do decide to go ahead and purchase solar panels for your home, you’ll receive $1000 back, a rebate provided by the state. You’ll also get a break from any sales tax on your purchase - making it that much easier to invest in a solar energy system of your own. Some counties and cities in Maryland offer additional solar incentives. Check here for more information. In addition, the Federal Tax Credit also applies.

    Solar Installers in Maryland

    Home improvement contractors, subcontractors and salespeople are licensed and regulated by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC). The best way to research solar installers is to look up their contractor license number in Maryland’s Home Improvement Public Query database to see what turns up.

    MHIC maintains a “Wall of Shame” list of top ten home improvement scammers and you can find this list here. Alternatively, you can click to find reputable solar installers in Maryland.

    Summary: Very Good Conditions for Solar Power Systems

    Maryland is making it more and more convenient for homeowners to get set up with solar power. Though state tax credits could be improved, the combination of solar radiation and solar incentives can translate to significant savings. To calculate your costs and savings please use our Solar Calculator or contact solar installers in your area.

    Solar Energy Fact Sheet: Maryland, © SolarContact.com

    We find the company that suits to your needs
    • More than 6.000 Licensed Contractors
    • Get Informed, Compare Prices and Get the Best Offer
    Written by: Oliver Wulf, Editor www.SolarContact.com