Community solar array built on Maryland church property via Summit Ridge Energy, TurningPoint

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Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) and Cedar Ridge Community Church cut the ribbon on a 2.5 MWdc community solar project in Montgomery County, Maryland. TurningPoint Energy developed the project under the State of Maryland’s Community Solar Pilot Program. The array was built on Cedar Ridge Community Church’s (CRCC) property and will provide hundreds of subscribed households with lower monthly energy costs.

“As a community of hope we are delighted to devote 8 acres of our property to solar power,” said Matthew Dyer, Lead Pastor at CRCC. “It’s a practical and essential expression of our desire to play our part in creating a sustainable future for this beautiful planet we all love and depend upon.

TurningPoint Energy has been a top greenfield developer in the Maryland Pilot Program since its inception in 2016 and will have 40 MWdc or projects in operation by the end of 2023. In addition, the company has pledged more than $186,000 in community investment across the State to worthy food pantries, emergency response service providers, schools, fire stations, and police stations as part of its national pledge to donate over $1,000,000 by 2023.

“We’re proud to have partnered with CRCC and TurningPoint Energy and are excited to expand renewable energy access to low-income Marylanders” said Brian Dunn, Chief Operating Officer of SRE. “We also thank Councilman Hucker for his commitment to the legislation enabling this project’s completion.”

SRE owns the market share of Maryland’s community solar projects (90 MWdc) operating under the state’s Community Solar Pilot Program. Upon completion, their portfolio will power approximately 12,500 local homes and businesses. Nearly one-third of the projects will serve low-to-moderate income (LMI) customers, highlighting the industry’s unique ability to provide renewable energy savings to Americans of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

“CRCC’s leadership in pursuing a low-income solar project on their property is a true testament to a faith organization’s walking the talk as a steward of the environment. This innovative project is the first of its kind in Maryland and will serve as an example for years to come,” said Salar Naini, Executive Vice President of Business Development at TurningPoint Energy.

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