If you live in Maryland and you care about solar energy, well, you are in luck. We’ve got an opportunity for you to make a difference.

Today, a huge solar bill passed out of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Economic Committee in the Maryland legislature. It now faces a floor vote. You can help it become reality.

HB 1016/SB 595 would amend the state’s renewable portfolio standard to add a 1,800 MW solar program. That would put it in the top tier of solar states, and go a long way towards jumpstarting the solar industry. It’s a game changer.

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The Senate Finance Committee vote was 6-5. We knew it would be close, so we focused grassroots communication on the chair. And as it happened, the chair was the one to break the deadlock. Citizen communication makes a difference.

Maryland’s state motto is "Fatti Maschii Parole Femine" — strong deeds, gentle words. The state legislature has evidently taken it to heart. Do your part.