OneEnergy pursues Maryland PSC okay for 9-MW Baker Point Solar Farm

The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled a Nov. 6 pre-hearing conference on an Oct. 8 application from OneEnergy Baker Point Solar LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a nominal 9-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Frederick County, Maryland, called the Baker Point Solar Farm.

The Baker Point Solar Farm will be located on an approximate 56-acre portion of a 60.75-acre private property. The property is located at the intersection of Creagerstown Road (Maryland Route 550) and Old Frederick Road south of Creagerstown in Frederick County. The address is 12331 Old Frederick Road, Thurmont, Maryland.

Approximately 59 temporary construction jobs and 22 additional jobs will work (remotely or on site) on the project at the height of construction, which is anticipated in the spring of 2016 subject to permitting timeframes, the application said.

The application pointed out 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 Baker Point Solar Farm, the company said.

OneEnergy initiated a process to be interconnected with the PJM Interconnection and Potomac Edison systems by filing Interconnection Requests. PJM and Potomac Edison returned the Feasibility Study in February 2015. The utility determined that a Facilities Study will not be necessary due to the simplicity of the interconnection and that fact that the project will not have transmission system impacts. PJM notified the applicant that return of the System Impact Study would be delayed to allow PJM additional time to draft an Interconnection Services Agreement and Construction Services Agreement. The project will interconnect directly into the Catoctin-Carroll-Monocacy 34.5-kV line (Catoctin-Troutville Junction Substation). 

A project contact is: Ms. Leslie “Gia” Clark, OneEnergy Baker Point Solar LLC c/o OneEnergy Renewables, 2003 Western Ave, Suite 225, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone (206) 922-7075, gia@oneenergyrenewables.com.

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