Increase community solar access in Montgomery County

Montgomery County will soon decide whether to allow up to 1,800 acres of community solar projects within the 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve.

It’s important for these community solar projects to follow industry best practices while respecting the wishes and broad interests of the local community.

To ensure that community solar delivers the greatest value to Montgomery County, we’re asking the Montgomery County Council to support Zoning Text Amendment 20-01 (ZTA 20-01) and improve it in two ways:

  1. Add explicit language that ensures that ZTA-permitted projects are part of the state’s community solar program. This ensures that the electricity generated by these systems is used locally.
  2. Require that ZTA-permitted projects support pollinator-friendly habitats, grazing, or are co-located with agriculture. It’s crucial for these systems to complement local agricultural production.