Maryland agency rejects 2 solar projects in Charles County

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland agency has rejected two proposed solar energy projects in Charles County.

The Maryland Department of the Environment said Wednesday that officials have denied a wetlands and waterways application for the proposed Shugart Valley solar project.

The agency also determined that the proposed Ripley Road solar project didn’t satisfy water-quality conditions in the certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by the Public Service Commission.

Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles says while the state supports increased renewable energy sources, these two proposed projects would harm a nearby stream in Charles County and threaten restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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