The state of Maryland will purchase power from four renewable energy projects, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md.
The winners of the Generating Clean Horizons initiative include US WindForce, for a 55 MW onshore wind energy project; Constellation Energy, for a 13 MW solar project in central Maryland; and Bluewater Wind, for up to 55 MW of wind energy as an extension to a proposed Delaware offshore wind project.
A separate award under a small business provision will be made to Synergics for 10 MW as part of its Roth Rock wind development in western Maryland.
The governor announced the issuance of awards in response to a competition for the supply of clean energy to the state, offering long-term power purchase agreements to a suite of clean energy developers that can place a portfolio of renewable power on the grid before 2014, create green jobs and promote a more sustainable energy future.
The University System of Maryland's board of regents and the Department of General Services recently approved the award of four renewable energy projects, which will produce over 20% of the institutions and state agencies annual electric needs. The contracts will also further the state's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint 25% by 2020.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Martin O'Malley