The state of Maryland is looking to buy electricity generated from animal waste.
The Board of Public Works has approved leasing about 250 acres of state prison land in western Maryland for what will be the state’s biggest solar energy farm.
A private firm announced a $70 million plan Friday to build Maryland’s largest solar energy project on the grounds of a state prison near Hagerstown to generate electricity for the wholesale market.
Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday he will sign a bill that enhances incentives for waste-to-energy plants, disappointing Maryland activists who had urged him to veto the measure because they said it treats waste burning the same as wind and solar energy for the purposes of meeting environmental goals.