Maryland PSC staffer recommends approval of solar project

A Maryland Public Service Commission staff witness on July 25 recommended that the commission approve a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the 3.3-MW project of OneEnergy Cambridge Solar LLC.

Ralph De Geeter, a Generation & Transmission Engineer at the commission, noted that OneEnergy Cambridge Solar (OCS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OneEnergy Inc. (d/b/a OneEnergy Renewables) with offices located in Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore. OneEnergy Renewables is engaged in the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects.

OCS has proposed a 3.3-MW solar facility to be located in Dorchester County, Md. The proposed facility would provide approximately 1.3 MW of peak capacity for inclusion in PJM Interconnection’s annual Base Residual Auction.

PJM studied the interconnection request as a 3.3 MW injection into the Delmarva Power and Light (DPL) system and evaluated it for compliance with reliability criteria for summer peak conditions in 2015. The estimated in-service date of the project is currently early 2015, De Geeter said.

OCS has a generator interconnection queue number of Y1-080 having submitted an interconnection request to PJM in April 2012.

The point of interconnection into the DPL transmission system would be the Airy 69kV/12 kV substation that is owned by Choptank Electric Cooperative, which is located on property immediately adjacent to the project.

“State Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requires suppliers to utilize renewable resources to serve an increasing percentage of total demand, or pay an alternative compliance fee,” De Geeter wrote. “Maryland’s state RPS target is 20% by 2022, with 2% being supplied by solar generation. The Project would contribute toward meeting this goal.”

A project contact listed in the April 1 application is: Gia Clark, OneEnergy Cambridge Solar LLC c/o OneEnergy Renewables, 101 Yesler Way, Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 922-7075, Fax (206) 922-7079, gia@oneenergyrenewables.com.

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