4-Year Timeline For Md. Prison Solar Farm

 

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A solar power developer is agreeing to a four-year deadline for erecting 100,000 solar panels at a state prison complex near Hagerstown.

 

The Maryland Public Service Commission released on Friday a set of conditions set by various state agencies for the 20-megawatt project proposed by Easton-based Maryland Solar LLC.

 

The conditions are part of a settlement agreement the company announced Thursday in its quest for state certification.

 

Construction must begin within three years of permitting and be operational within four years.

 

Maryland Solar has said it hopes to start construction this year to be eligible for a federal tax credit.

 

The project would be on 250 acres now used for farming. It would be Maryland’s largest solar array.

 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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