OneEnergy turning 10-MW Maryland project over to SolarCity

A representative of the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission in May 28 testimony endorsed commission approval of a 10-MW (ac) solar project proposed by OneEnergy Wye Mills Solar LLC in Queen Anne’s County, Md.

Ralph De Geeter noted in his testimony that on May 6, OneEnergy notified that the commission that it is transferring this project to SolarCity Corp. OneEnergy Wye Mills is a subsidiary of OneEnergy Inc. out of the states of Washington and Oregon. This application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity was filed with the commission on Feb. 2.

This photovoltaic project is due to be in-service in March 2016. It will interconnect into the PJM Interconnection-operated system at Delmarva Power and Light‘s Wye Mills Substation.

A project contact for California-based SolarCity listed in the May 6 notice is: Kip Barrett, 503-896-0972, cbarrett@solarcity.com. The May 6 notice said that OneEnergy will remain in charge of getting this certificate issued.

Said the SolarCity website: “SolarCity was started by two determined brothers with a better way to deliver clean, more affordable energy. Founded in 2006, SolarCity has since grown to become America’s largest solar provider with more than 6,000 employees.” Those founders are Lyndon and Peter Rive.

The Wye Mill 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).

OneEnergy noted in a supporting environmental report on the project: “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 as stated in section 7-703 of the Public Utilities Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (the ‘Code’). 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. The 2013 RPS compliance requirement necessitated 0.25% solar or 136.5 MW, which the State reached by hitting 158 MW of installed solar capacity by December 2013. Subsequent years continue to ramp up with the demand for solar slotted as 191 MWs for 2014 at 0.35% with further increases in later years. Construction and operation of the Project would add 10 MW of renewable, solar energy to the Maryland energy portfolio. Also, it has been reported that Maryland imports upwards of forty-one percent (41%) of its required energy generation. This Project will help to reduce this reliance upon power generated out of state.”

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