Apex seeks Maryland PSC approval for 60-MW Mills Branch Solar project

The Mills Branch Solar LLC unit of Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC applied Dec. 14 at the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) covering the construction of the 60-MW Mills Branch Solar Project.

Apex was established in 2009 and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Apex has expertise in project finance, construction management, and facility operations management.

The Mills Branch Solar Project consists of design, construction, and operation of up to 60 MW (nominal) of a solar photovoltaic facility proposed to be located on the eastern shore of Maryland in a rural unincorporated portion of Kent County. Power generated will be interconnected into the PJM Interconnection system and distributed through Delmarva Power and Light. The project site is approximately 370 acres and is used primarily for soybean and corn production.

The project will be interconnected to the Delmarva Power and Light system at its existing overhead Kennedyville-Massey 69-kV circuit running parallel to the Maryland Delaware Railroad Co. railroad.

Tyson J. Utt, the Director of Development for Apex Clean Energy Inc. in the Mid-Atlantic region, said in Dec. 14 supporting testimony: “Mills Branch Solar seeks to begin construction of the Project by June 2016, intending to complete construction and put the Project in service by October 31, 2016. … Approval of the Project by the end of April 2016 would allow for the completion of construction and achievement of operations before the end of 2016, thereby providing Mills Branch Solar the ability to contribute to the Maryland Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit requirements and qualify for the Federal solar Investment Tax Credit at current levels.”

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