HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A state senator from western Maryland is pushing for a higher lease rate on state prison land near Hagerstown where the governor’s administration envisions a large-scale, solar-energy project.

Washington County Republican Christopher Shank says the proposed lease rate of $128 an acre isn’t enough. The deal is up for approval by the state Board of Public Works on Wednesday.

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The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown newspaper reports that Shank expressed his concerns in a letter Friday to Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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Democratic state Delegate John Donoghue, also of Washington County, says Shank is trying to kill the project.

Maryland Solar LLC of Easton wants to build the 20-megawatt solar farm on 250 state-owned acres near the medium-security Maryland Correctional Institution. It would be Maryland’s largest solar farm.

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