November 9, 2021 – Baltimore County’s Office of Administrative Hearings has granted an approval for special exception use to Chaberton Energy to develop a 10-acre solar facility in Woodstock, MD. Chaberton Energy’s Project “Matterhorn” received the approval on October 7th, 2021, following a public hearing held on September 13th, 2021. At the hearing, Chaberton Energy showcased the benefits of the project, and answered questions from the community. Chaberton Energy is excited to bring 2 MWs of community solar energy to the local community, providing affordable, green energy to residents and businesses within the Patapsco Valley Community and the broader Baltimore Gas & Electric utility territory. The project will produce over 4 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity per year, contributing to Maryland’s Renewable Energy goals of operating on 50% clean energy by 2030.
Additionally, Chaberton Energy will plant a pollinator habitat within the solar facility to promote local pollinators including birds, butterflies, and bees. Studies have shown that the presence of pollinators improve the quality and yield of farm crops for up to a 5-mile radius. Chaberton Energy also plans to reserve a large portion of the 89-acre property, which abuts Patapsco Valley State Park, as a perpetual forest conservation easement.
“We are excited about clearing this important milestone and receiving the approval to proceed with the project”, said Stefano Ratti, President of Chaberton Energy. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at Baltimore County, which is leading the charge on the environmental front, and has set aggressive renewable energy goals”.
Project Matterhorn is expected to begin construction around mid-2022 and begin generating clean energy in early 2023.
About Chaberton Energy
Chaberton Energy is a renewable energy development company headquartered in Maryland and focuses on distributed generation and community solar projects. Chaberton Energy specializes in origination-to-operation project development, acquiring in-development projects, as well as providing discounted energy credits produced by its solar projects to both community solar subscribers and large energy users. Chaberton Energy currently operates in 5 states with over 175 MWs of projects in active development, and a project pipeline greater than 300 MWs. Chaberton Energy is funded by the Greenbacker Development Fund. For more information, please visit www.chaberton.com.
Angelica Johnson || Chaberton Energy, Business Operations Manager