Caroline County News

Posted on: November 17, 2017

County Commissioners to Hold Public Information Session on Solar Energy

The Caroline County Commissioners will host a public information session on solar energy on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:30 PM.  The informational session will be held at the Health and Public Services Building, 403 South 7th Street, Denton.


Caroline County is under a temporary moratorium on large solar projects in order to allow the Commissioners time to update the County Code's existing requirements in light of changing technology, consumer demands, and existing infrastructure in the County, and to evaluate the taxing, siting and construction of additional solar energy systems.


Two work groups comprised of citizens and staff representatives have made recommendations to the Commissioners, and an Ordinance is currently under consideration.  However, the Commissioners want to allow an additional opportunity for the public to receive information on the solar industry, the limits of local authority over large projects, and the approval process at the State level before considering final action on the Ordinance.


“We’ve gone through an open and collaborative public process to consider these issues,” said County Commission President Dan Franklin.  “But it became clear to us during that process that there are still a lot of questions from the public.  We want to put the subject-area experts in the room with our residents to have a casual forum that allows them to ask their questions and get information directly from the industry, and the government agencies that regulate large solar projects.”


The panel available to answer questions will include:

  • Leslie Romine, Chief Staff Counsel, Maryland Public Service Commission.  The PSC is the State body that has the authority to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), which provides authority for a company to construct or modify a new energy generating station or high-voltage transmission lines.  The PSC is the approval body for utility-scale solar projects.
  • Susan Gray, Deputy Director, Maryland Power Plant Research Program. The PPRP serves as an independent advisory body to Public Service Commission and reviews the environmental and economic impacts of proposed energy generation facilities, including utility-scale solar projects.
  • David Murray, Executive Director, Maryland, DC, Delaware, Virginia – Solar Energy Industries Association. MDV-SEIA members design, sell, integrate, install, maintain and finance solar energy equipment for residential, commercial, and institutional customers throughout the region.
  • Les Knapp, Legal & Policy Counsel, Maryland Association of Counties.  MACo is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland’s counties by articulating the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly. On behalf of county governments, MACo has pursued on legislation to increase local influence in the CPCN process for utility-scale solar projects.


Residents looking for more information on the process are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/CClegislation.  Questions about the public information session can be addressed to the Commissioners Office at 410.479.0660 or info@carolinemd.org

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