OneEnergy Dorchester plans 15.5-MW solar project in Maryland

OneEnergy Dorchester LLC applied Oct. 31 at the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on the 15.5-MW (ac) Linkwood Solar Farm in Dorchester County, Md.

The project backer is OneEnergy Renewables out of Seattle, Wash. The company said it is targeting a project construction start in the early summer of 2015, so a quick PSC review is needed. The company plans to complete construction in the fall of 2015.

As currently proposed, the project would include a development envelope of approximately 93 acres at 3714 Linkwood Drive in Dorchester County, Maryland. The project will consist of approximately 62,899 PV modules. The array will be installed using a tracking technology system, which is held on post-driven racking structures (galvanized steel post with galvanized steel or aluminum structure).

“The State of Maryland has enacted aggressive legal and policy standards in pursuit of more renewable energy generation within its borders,” the application noted. “The State’s goal and commitment is clear and widely considered to be among the most aggressive in the United States. Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandates that twenty percent (20%) of Maryland’s electricity be generated from renewable energy sources by 2022, which must include at least two percent (2%) solar energy. The RPS solar energy requirement increases each year from now until 2020 and the solar set-aside alone is projected to result in the need for at least 1,200 MW of solar capacity by 2020. Yet the State currently has approximately one hundred and fifty-eight megawatts (158 MWs) of solar generation on the grid.”

There will be significant economic benefits resulting from the project, including a capital cost of approximately $40m and 85-115 design, management, and construction personnel working remotely or on the site at the height of construction to start in early summer of 2015.

An indicative term sheet has been executed between the applicant’s parent company and an unnamed power purchaser for the output of the project.

The project is located in the Delmarva Power & Light service territory on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay and will connect to the local grid through a 50% tap of the West Cambridge-Vienna 69kV circuit. The project received queue position X3-015 from PJM Interconnection. All interconnection studies have been completed (with a Feasibility Study, System Impact Study and Facilities Study from PJM in Winter 2012, July 2012, and September 2014, respectively).

A company contact is: Gia Clark, OneEnergy Dorchester 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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