Massey Solar LLC applied Nov. 9 at the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a nominal 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Kent County, Maryland.
This is called the Big Spring Solar Project. It will be located on a 55-acre portion of a 96-acre private parcel in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Maryland Route 299 (Massey Road) and Maryland Route 313 near the unincorporated community of Massey in Kent County.
Approximately 30-50 temporary jobs will be created throughout the construction and supply chain process at the height of construction which is anticipated in summer 2016 subject to permitting timeframes, the application said.
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 in-state solar by 2020. While the solar carve-out 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 Massey Solar Project, it said.
Massey Solar initiated in the fall of 2014 a process to interconnect the project with the PJM Interconnection and Delmarva Power and Light (DPL) systems. The project will interconnect through a direct line tap on the 25-kV MD 2232 circuit, and energy from the project will be transmitted to the PJM transmission system and into the PJM wholesale market through the DPL distribution network at the Church Street Substation. A Feasibility Study, completed in Feburary 2015, and a System Impact Study, completed in September 2015, confirmed the ability to interconnect the project to the DPL 25-kV MD 2232 circuit. The Facilities Study is in process and expected to be completed in late October or early November 2015, with an Interconnection Agreement expected to be executed during November 2015.
The proposed project implementation schedule is:
- Engineering: July 2015–May 2016.
- Procurement: May 2016–July 2016.
- Construction: July 2016–October 2016.
- Commence Commercial Operation: Fall 2016.
A project contact is: Thomas A. Anderson, Massey Solar LLC, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087.