Maryland regulators have blocked two large solar power projects in Charles County that together would have cleared 400 acres of woodlands. Some environmentalists hailed the decisions while others lamented them, highlighting tensions in the state over the siting of renewable energy projects.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) announced Wednesday that it had denied a wetlands and waterways permit to put about 100,000 photovoltaic panels on a mostly wooded tract near La Plata that would have sold electricity to Georgetown University.
The MDE also declared that a second project planning about 80,000 more solar panels a few miles away did not meet the state’s requirements for protecting a high-quality stream flowing by that heavily forested site. T[Continue Reading]