PJM works out wholesale deal for 15-MW solar project in Maryland

PJM Interconnection filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 29 an executed Wholesale Market Participation Agreement with LS-Egret LLC and transmission owner Delmarva Power and Light for a solar project in Maryland.

“PJM is submitting this Agreement for filing because LS-Egret intends to engage in wholesale sales in the PJM markets from a generating facility connected to DPL’s distribution facilities,” said PJM.

Under this agreement, on or before Dec. 31, 2016, LS-Egret must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units. The WMPA covers the 15-MW Rockfish Solar Power Plant, located on Levin Dashiell Road, Hebron, Wicomico County, Maryland. This is to be a ground-mounted, inverter-based, solar photovoltaic facility consisting of solar arrays and a 69-kV high side transformer. The project has PJM Queue Position #Y3-058.

A project developer contact is: LS-Egret LLC c/o TUUSSO Energy LLC, 1080 West Ewing Place, Suite 300B, Seattle, WA 98119, Attn: Mr. Vivek Nayak, Phone: (917) 371-0460, vivek.nayak@tuusso.com.

LS-Egret LLC applied in October 2014 at the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on the 15-MW (ac) Hebron Solar Farm located on about 108 acres at 7420-7581 Levin Dashiell Road in Wicomico County. The project will consist of approximately 67,260 Canadian Solar CS6X-300P modules (solar panels). That application said the project will interconnect to the Rockawalkin Substation of Choptank Electric Cooperative. The WMPA shows the same point of interconnection and the Maryland application shows the same queue number with PJM.

“The State of Maryland has enacted aggressive legal and policy standards in pursuit of more renewable energy generation within its borders, ”said the application at the Maryland PSC. “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 fifty-eight megawatts (158 MWs) of solar generation on the grid.”

That case is still pending with the Maryland PSC, with a possible final PSC decision in May of this year.

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