OneEnergy seeks summer construction start on Wye Mills solar project in Maryland

Robert W. Collier, the Manager of Project Development at OneEnergy Renewables, told the Maryland Public Service Commission that the company is looking for a quick construction start on a 10-MW solar project.

The commission is reviewing a Feb. 2 application from OneEnergy Wye Mills Solar LLC, which was formed in 2011 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of OneEnergy Inc. d/b/a OneEnergy Renewables. OneEnergy Renewables develops utility-scale renewable energy projects (including with respect to siting, interconnection, permitting, offtake, financing and construction). OneEnergy Renewables works with several of the nation’s largest energy companies to support the development, provide financing and/or own and operate its utility-scale solar projects, Collier noted in March 20 supporting testimony.

Colier wrote: “OneEnergy Wye Mils Solar, LLC must obtain revenue from the sale of the Renewable Energy Credits from the project in order to secure financing with a targeted date to begin receiving such revenue in January 2016. As a result, any delays in the project that extend the start of construction and operation may compromise the financing for the project. In addition, Delmarva Power & Light representatives have indicated that fall and spring are the most efficient times for Delmarva Power & Light to conduct infrastructure upgrades as the local demand is lower during these times of year. It is our goal to align the project construction and interconnection work during summer 2015 so that the project can begin operation by late fall 2015/early winter 2016. We hope to begin construction by August 1, 2015.”

He said an approval by July 13 by the commission is necessary to allow for sufficient time to allow construction to begin Aug. 1.

OneEnergy Wye Mills Solar applied Feb. 2 at the commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on this 10-MW (ac) solar project to be located in Queen Anne’s County, Md. The project would cost between $20m and $26m to construct and would create 85 to 100 construction jobs. The energy would be transmitted to the PJM Interconnection grid through the Delmarva Power & Light system at the Wye Mills T2 25 kV substation.

The project would utilize a single-axis tracking system designed to optimize the power production of the panels by rotating them to follow the sun. The tracking technology system, which is held on post-driven racking structures, varies by manufacturer but generally consists of a series of mechanically linked horizontal steel support beams known as torque tubes with a drive train system usually located in the center of the rows, dividing the array into sections.

The project site is approximately seven miles southeast of the Town of Queenstown and 4.7 miles northwest of the Town of Queen Anne. The site is located on Owens Road near the intersection with Queen Anne Highway (MD Route 404).

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