Great Bay Solar urges speedy approval of its 150-MW Maryland project

Great Bay Solar I LLC on Dec. 10 sent a letter to the Maryland Public Service Commission urging a quick approval of its May 11 application on a 150-MW solar project, due to a tax-credit deadline.

Said the letter: “Great Bay appreciates the Commission’s thorough review of its application and the fair and open process through which it has addressed public comments. Great Bay notes, however, that it has proposed a large and complex project that requires sufficient lead time to allow the project to be placed in service for purposes of the Investment Tax Credit before its potential expiration at the end of 2016. Put simply, continued delay could threaten the viability of this project.

“Great Bay notified the Commission on October 20, 2015 that it agrees with the proposed conditions of the Power Plant Research Program and the Commission’s Technical Staff, settling the case and allowing for an evidentiary hearing on October 27, 2015 and evening hearing on November 5, 2015. The procedural schedule in this proceeding set November 13, 2015 as the target date for the issuance of a proposed order in the event of a settlement. Although we fully appreciate that these deadlines are merely targets, in past cases orders have been issued fairly close to the target dates. We are now almost a month past that date and, given the appeal periods that must first expire, Great Bay will be unable to start construction for at least 45 days after the issuance of a proposed order.

“Accordingly, Great Bay respectfully requests that the Commission officially close the record in this proceeding and issue a proposed order as soon as possible. As previously requested, Great Bay renews its request that the Commission set a 14 day appeal period for the proposed order. This will effectively balance due process with the need to complete construction in time to receive the essential Investment Tax Credit.”

Great Bay Solar I LLC is seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct the Great Bay Solar Project in Somerset County, Maryland. Great Bay Solar I, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Green Solar LLC, is proposing to develop a solar photovoltaic facility with a nominally rated capacity of up to 150 MW (ac). The project will be constructed on up to approximately 1,000 acres of primarily agricultural private land south of Princess Anne in Somerset County. The project will connect to the PJM Interconnection grid at the existing Kings Creek substation, which is owned by Delmarva Power and Light.

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