In the spring of 2012 Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative broke ground on its first cooperative-owned solar facility. The plant, located near SMECO headquarters in Hughesville, MD, came online in November of 2012. The project is 6.4 MW DC and will generate electricity for the next twenty years. Solar renewable energy credits from the project will help SMECO comply with its obligations under the state’s renewable portfolio standard. NRCO administered a competive RFP for development of the project and provided project management throughout the constructioin period. NRCO also assisted SMECO in obtaining debt financing as well as the ARRA Section 1603 grant from the US Treasury Department.