Last night the Maryland legislature passed a world-class solar program — 1,400 MW of solar on rooftops over the next 15 years, putting Maryland in the upper echelon of solar-supporting states. Kudos, congrats, and thanks to the Maryland advocates that made this happen.
That this passed is a good thing. But how it passed is a lesson that bears wider dissemination.
After the bill passed out of both the House and Senate by commanding majorities (Senate 30-17, and House 128-7) a small cabal of Senators took it upon themselves to do whatever it took to kill it — including parliamentary maneuvers to delay action until the session ended.
So over the weekend, Maryland citizens sent hundreds of emails, and phone calls lit up the switchboards Monday morning — all demanding that the Maryland Senate stand firm and not allow last-minute shenanigans to kill the solar bill. And when State Senator EJ Pipkin stood up Monday night to filibuster … his cabal had evaporated.
The lesson here is that people want to see solar happen, and when that popular desire is harnessed effectively … well, we win. The will of the people cannot be forever denied.