"Green" energy, including solar and wind, promises to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, something many people support. Maryland and its counties are determining how to site solar installations and windmills through zoning and legislation. Baltimore County has seen three bills proposed and either vetoed or withdrawn in the last few months; council members have determined that a review period is necessary before further legislation is introduced. Meanwhile, a state House bill that would have permitted solar installations on preserved land was withdrawn; the issue will be studied over the summer.
It is not clear if solar installation siting will be legislated at the state level, the county level, or both. The Manor Conservancy has been working with lawmakers, other land trusts, and community groups to develop legislation that makes sense for landowners, farmers, and residents. We encourage you to weigh in on this topic by contacting your representatives now, as legislation is being created.