Planning Assistance in Action
By Sarah Lipkin-Sularz, Southern Maryland Regional Planner
The State of Maryland, influenced by its proximity to the nation’s capital, has a long military history and is fortunate to host 20 military facilities, including 12 major installations. These bases support the overall operations of the nation’s military and the Department of Defense (DoD).
Resources and Tools
by Sylvia Mosser
SmartDG+ is shining a light on solar siting in Maryland, ushering in a new era on the wind [turbine]s of change by providing access to mapped data to help developers and local governments evaluate screening factors—like proximity to existing transmission lines—to select prime locations for their solar and wind projects. The mapping tool is co-sponsored by DNR’s Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) and the Maryland Energy Administration. Shawn Seaman with PPRP and Shannon Long with Environmental Resources Management, which is contracted by the State to assist with the application, conducted a live demo of the tool at the recent Planning Director’s Roundtable on Friday, September 20. Shawn explained to the rapt audience that SmartDG+ was developed because smart siting wasn’t working for solar and wind projects in Maryland. Continue reading