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Md. bucks national trend toward solar energy

As a Baltimore resident I am embarrassed that Maryland hasn't taken more aggressive steps to harvest renewable resources like solar energy.

Solar energy is a booming industry that is rapidly growing throughout the U.S. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are now over 17,500 megawatts of cumulative solar electric energy capacity in the U.S., enough to power more than 3.5 million average American homes.

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By contrast to the national trend, Maryland is lagging in renewable energy sources. That must change. Given the amount of support solar energy has in the Baltimore community, there's no reason Maryland can't be a leader in the field.

I want to live in a state that prioritizes the use of cleaner renewable energy sources. For the sake of future generations, we must strengthen community support for solar energy and keep up the pressure on our elected officials for legislation that brings more of it to Maryland.

Erica Williams

The writer is an intern at Environment Maryland.

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