Provides for zoning restrictions on solar energy systems, including (1) six foot setbacks; (2) 20 foot height limitations on freestanding systems; (3) limitations on square feet of freestanding systems to no greater than ½ the footprint of the principle structure or six hundred feet (whichever is greater); (4) providing rooftop systems cannot exceed 12 feet above the roof line.
This ordinance amends the Talbot County Code, Chapter 190, Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development, to permit small wind turbine systems with wind turbine towers not to exceed 160 feet in total height and amends standards for small wind turbine production facilities.
This legislation enables the state's entrance into the Susquehanna River Basin Compact, which provides for the conservation, development, and administration of the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is responsible for coordinating water resource and planning efforts within the basin. The states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland are party to this compact.
The Surety Bond Program, a program of the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority, assists eligible small businesses in obtaining bid, performance or payment bonds necessary to perform on contracts where the majority of funds are also provided by a government agency or public utility. Bonds that are directly issued are limited to $5,000,000. Guaranties are limited to 90% of the face value of the bond not to exceed a maximum participation of $5,000,000.
Maryland's Stormwater Management Program, administered by the Department of the Environment, aims to reduce stormwater runoff. The program requires the submission of a stormwater management plan prior to land development.
A Beach Erosion Control District constitutes part of the Ocean City shoreline. Land clearing, construction activity, or the construction or placement of permanent structures within the district is prohibited.
The State Agency Loan Program (SALP) was established in 1991 using funds from the Energy Overcharge Restitution Fund. Through this revolving loan program, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides loans to state agencies for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in state facilities. Typical loan amounts range from $50,000 to $250,000. State agencies pay zero interest with a one percent administration fee. Their repayments are made from the agency's fuel and utility budget, based on the avoided energy costs of the project.
The purpose of these regulations is to allow a Small Wind Energy System used
to generate electricity at a rated capacity (as defined by the manufacturer) of 100
kilowatts or less to be constructed and installed for on-site consumption only.
Title 8 of Maryland’s property tax code includes a state-wide special assessment for solar and geothermal heating and cooling systems. Under this provision, such systems are to be assessed at not more than the value of a conventional system for property tax purposes if no conventional system exists in the building. If a solar or geothermal heating and cooling system is installed in addition to a conventional system in a building, the combined system may be assessed at no more than the value of the conventional system -- essentially a full exemption for the qualifying equipment.