Bluegrass Solar is a proposed 80 MW utility-scale solar project in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. It is OneEnergy’s most ambitious pollinator friendly solar project to date. When constructed, its 500 acres of pollinator-friendly habitat would be the largest commitment to pollinator habitat to date in Maryland. The acreage would also provide habitat for the Northern Bobwhite Quail, which has experienced significant population declines on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Site design for Bluegrass Solar calls for the permanent preservation of 70 acres of forested land and an additional 40 acres of new forested buffers. That’s the equivalent of more than 50 football fields of preserved land.
The Delmarva peninsula has been called ‘ground zero’ for the threats of sea level rise from climate change. Bluegrass Solar will decrease stormwater runoff and improve water quality in the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay watershed, and avoid more than 690,000 metric tons of air pollution, the equivalent of removing 135,000 cars from the road. OneEnergy expects to break ground on the project in the spring of 2020.
OneEnergy worked carefully with the local landowner to the site the project on the most advantageous portion of his land so that farming could continue on adjacent land.