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Berlin Seeking Input About Town-Wide Solar Energy Network

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Solar panel sits atop the roof of a home in Berlin where town executives are exploring how to bring a solar energy network to town. (Photo: WBOC) Solar panel sits atop the roof of a home in Berlin where town executives are exploring how to bring a solar energy network to town. (Photo: WBOC)

BERLIN, Md. -- Berlin is looking for ways to bring alternative energy to town.

Town Administrator Laura Allen said they are currently looking for input from solar energy companies about how to start a solar network in Berlin.

"We have our own electric utility and we're looking for ways to diversify the way that we provide power to our residents," said Allen. "Accessing green energy gives us that diversity as well."

Allen said it's called a community solar garden, a network home and property owners can subscribe to and receive credits on their energy bill.

There are a number of ways the network could be constructed which is why Allen said the town released a Request for Qualifications to find out from the experts how a community solar garden could work for Berlin.

"It's a great way to provide a connection and an opportunity to get connected with green energy to folks that normally aren't going to be able to afford it," said Allen.

A number of people from Berlin that WBOC reached out to Friday, said they hadn't yet heard of the town's interest in alternative energy.

Berlin isn't a stranger to solar energy. Allen says a number of homes in town already have solar panels installed, which could mean a town-wide solar energy project might not even be needed in Berlin.

"Is our market already saturated," Allen asked. "If we build this solar array, will people come? That's a challenge for us because if we do build it then we're obligated to purchase that power and that's a burden for the town potentially."

November 16 is the deadline to submit responses on how a community solar garden could be built in Berlin.

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