Gateway Solar LLC applied Dec. 1 to the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct a nominal 12-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Worcester County, Maryland, to be called the Gateway Solar Project.
The Gateway Solar Project will be located on an approximate 120-acre portion of an approximate 426-acre privately-owned, agricultural property located in Worcester County.
Approximately 40-60 temporary jobs will be created throughout the construction and supply chain process at the height of construction which is anticipated in the summer of 2016, subject to permitting timeframes, the application noted. 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. 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 Gateway Solar Project, the application said.
Gateway Solar in late 2014 initiated the interconnection process for the Ppoject with PJM Interconnection and local transmission owner Delmarva Power and Light. The project would connect to circuits MD 2224 and MD 2282, which originate out of the Worcester Substation. The project site is immediately adjacent to both the DPL MD 2224 25-kV distribution circuit and the DPL MD 2282 25-kV distribution circuit.
The project schedule is:
- Engineering and Permitting: July 2015 through May 2016
- Procurement: March 2016 through July 2016
- Construction: June 2016 through October 2016
- Commercial Operation: Fall 2016
The project will cost between $24 million and $29 million to construct.
A project contact is:Tom Anderson, Gateway Solar LLC, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087, Tom.Anderson@communityenergyinc.com.