OneEnergy solar project gets backing from Maryland officials

State officials on April 3 recommended Maryland Public Service Commission approval of an application by OneEnergy Dorchester LLC for a Certificate Of Public Convenience and Necessity on a 15.5-MW solar photovoltaic facility in Dorchester County, Maryland.

Robert A. Sadzinski, Program Manager for the Power Plant Research Program at the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said in April 3 testimony about the Linkwood Solar Project: “OneEnergy proposes to build a nominal 15.5-megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar PV project on a 116-acre parcel located at 3714 Linkwood Drive in Linkwood, Maryland. The Project site is located southeast of the city of Cambridge, in the northern portion of Dorchester County. The Project will involve a long-term lease agreement with the owner of the 116 acres, although only 93 acres of the site is proposed to be developed for the Project. Following CPCN approval, construction is anticipated to be initiated in the late Spring/early Summer of 2015 with completion and operational startup in the Fall of 2015 to the Winter of 2016.”

He added: “OneEnergy will deliver its produced electricity via a short tap line connecting the Project interconnect facilities with the existing Delmarva Power & Light (DPL) West Cambridge-Vienna 69kV circuit, which is located on the southern side of Linkwood Drive.”

Sadzinski said the project meets various state standards in areas like vegetation and wildlife impacts, and would also help meet the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals. “Assuming that the remaining approvals and financing are successfully obtained, the OneEnergy Project appears to be a viable project in support of the Maryland RPS,” he wrote.

Also providing April 3 testimony was Ralph De Geeter, representing the PSC staff. He recommended approval of the project, subject to any conditions proposed by state agencies involved in the project.

OneEnergy Dorchester applied in October 2014 for this PSC approval. The project backer is OneEnergy Renewables out of Seattle, Wash. The project will consist of about 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 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.

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,

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.