Three Eastern Shore solar installations unveiled

SolarCity will unveil three solar installations in Queen Anne's County this week that the company said are collectively the largest in the state not owned by a utility.

The installations include more than 14,000 solar panels and are capable of generating more than 3 megawatts of electricity, SolarCity said. That's enough to power about 300 Maryland homes for a year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Two solar farms were built for the town of Centreville and the third was built for the county, the San Mateo, Calif.- based company said.

SolarCity said the local governments won't own the installations but instead will buy the power, an increasingly common arrangement in the solar industry known as a power purchase agreement.

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