An ambitious energy policy could bring Maryland acres of solar farms. Where should they go?

Maryland’s ambitious goal to derive half its electricity from renewable sources by the end of next decade has spawned a thorny question for policymakers: where should new solar farms go? Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Wednesday took a step toward an answer, issuing an executive order the administration hopes will ultimately expedite the placement of up to 10,000 acres of solar farms — and steer them away from the fertile farmland Maryland has spent generations trying to protect. Hogan’s order forms a task force that consists primarily of cabinet officials but also includes representatives from local government and the renewable energy industry. The group must complete an initial report by December that will recommend new state laws on selecting renewable energy sites. (Wash. Post)

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