Longview Solar seeks Maryland PSC approval for 20-MW project

Longview Solar LLC applied Oct. 30 to the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a nominal 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Worcester County, Maryland, to be called the LS-Heron Solar Farm.

The LS-Heron Solar Farm will be located on an approximate 190-acre portion of an approximate 285-acre private property at 8925 Libertytown Road in unincorporated Worcester County. Approximately 40 to 60 design, management, and construction personnel will work (remotely or on site) on the project at the height of construction, which is anticipated in the spring or summer of 2016 subject to permitting timeframes.

The company noted that 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 2% from solar. In order to meet these goals Maryland needs not only small, residential rooftop installations, but large utility-scale facilities like the LS-Heron Solar Farm, the company said.

Longview initiated a process to be interconnected with the PJM Interconnection and Delmarva Power & Light (DPL) systems by filing Interconnection Requests and completing project feasibility, system impact, and facilities study assessments. The project will connect with the electric distribution grid serving Maryland through a 1.5 mile line tap with DPL’s Worcester Substation. Longview expects to receive its Facility Study from PJM in January 2016 and expects to finalize its Interconnection Agreement with PJM and DPL in February 2016.

The proposed implementation schedule is:

  • Engineering: September 2015 through March 2016.
  • Construction: Spring/Summer 2016
  • Commercial Operation: Fall/Winter 2016

A project contact is: Byron Crawford, Longview Solar LLC, a Joint Venture of TUUSSO Energy and Elemental Energy, 1080 W. Ewing Pl #B10, Seattle, WA 98119, Phone 206.388.2996, byron.crawford@tuusso.com.

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