With solar corporations like BP Solar and Sun Edison already headquartered in the state, the passage of legislation earlier this week requiring the development of 1,500 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2022 puts Maryland in the "upper echelon" of solar-supporting states in the U.S. In addition, the bill raises the net metering cap from 200 kilowatts (kW) to 2 MW.

"The way I look at it is, solar will be competing with the traditional electric providers in the not-too-distant future with this legislation." -- Senator Rob Garagiola, Maryland