Six weeks after the region's first commercially operated solar farm went live, the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative is so pleased with the results that it's already looking to build a second facility.

The 5.5-megawatt farm, located right up the street from SMECO's Hughesville headquarters, officially started producing electricity Nov. 18, with 10 percent of its output going to power the co-op's new engineering and operations center, also located nearby.