Maryland gov. Martin O’Malley announced that more clean-energy jobs are on the horizon for Maryland workers. At a clean-energy event, legislators, green businesses and environmental groups joined together in support of the governor’s solar legislation being considered in the General Assembly this year. The bill would accelerate the state’s solar targets to stimulate greater job creation in this growing sector. In addition, through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), $8 million in the form of grants are available to promote clean, affordable and reliable energy for public buildings throughout Maryland, O’Malley said.

Project Sunburst, administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), is designed to maximize available incentives and limit upfront costs for public buildings that wish to use solar energy. MEA is offering rebates of up to $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed on public buildings. Potential Project Sunburst partners include the Port of Baltimore and the State Police Barracks, and MEA hopes to partner with counties and local school districts to spread the benefits of renewable energy throughout the state.

An estimated 100 new solar jobs will be created over the next year through Project Sunburst. The governor’s solar acceleration bill would create an estimated 650 additional jobs by 2017.