Big Spring Solar seeks Maryland PSC approval for project in Washington County

The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled a Nov. 24 pre-hearing conference on an Oct. 28 application from Big Spring Solar LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a nominal 3.5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Washington County, Maryland.

The Big Spring Solar Project will be located on a 46-acre portion of a 182-acre private parcel near the town of Clear Spring in Washington County. Approximately 25-40 design, management, and construction personnel will work on the project at the height of construction which is anticipated in summer 2016 subject to permitting timeframes.

Maryland has established one of the most aggressive renewable portfolio standard goals in the country, aiming for 20% of its power to be renewable by 2022, including two percent from in-state solar by 2020, the application noted. While the solar carve-out was phased in relatively slowly in the early years, its pace is increasing and now requires significant new build in a compressed timeframe to meet rising demand for solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), the company added. In order to meet its ambitious requirements at a reasonable cost, Maryland needs not only small residential rooftop installations, but also larger facilities like the Big Spring Solar Project.

Big Spring Solar initiated a process to interconnect the project with the PJM Interconnection and Potomac Edison-FirstEnergy (FE) systems by filing Interconnection Requests and completing project feasibility, system impact and facilities studies assessments. The project will interconnect through a direct line tap on the 12.5 kV Clear Spring–Shady Bower circuit on the Potomac Edison distribution system and sell energy into the PJM wholesale market. The System Impact Study was received on Oct. 5 and showed no potential transmission impacts, the company said. 

A project contact is: Tom Anderson, Big Spring Solar LLC, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087, Tom.anderson@communityenergyinc.com.

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