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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover   

Last DSIRE Review: 04/25/2013
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Md. Land Use Code § 1-401
05/22/2012
10/01/2012
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Md. Land Use Code § 10-103
05/22/2012
10/01/2012
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Md. Land Use Code § 4-210
05/22/2012
10/01/2012
Summary:

In May 2012, Maryland enacted legislation stating that any calculation of "impervious surface" required by state or local authorities as part of a permit or variance relating to zoning, construction, or stormwater may only include the foundation or base supporting the solar panel. The law generally applies statewide, including charter counties and Baltimore City. It does not however apply in a defined "critical area", including the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and the Coastal Bays Critical Area. The term "solar panel" is not specifically defined, but presumably would include both solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal panels.

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