The Todd Solar LLC affiliate of Invenergy LLC applied Dec. 21 with the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a nominal 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Dorchester County, Maryland.
The Todd Solar Center will be located on a portion of a 143-acre parcel near the Town of Hurlock in Dorchester County. Approximately 130 design, management, and construction personnel will work (remotely or on site) on the project at the height of construction, which is anticipated in the spring or summer of 2016 subject to permitting timeframes.
Maryland has established one of the most aggressive renewable portfolio standard goals in the country, the application noted, 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 Todd Solar Center.
Todd Solar said it has initiated a process to connect with the electric distribution grid serving Maryland by filing interconnection requests with PJM Interconnection and Delmarva Power and Light (DPL) and completing project feasibility, system impact, and facilities study assessments. The project will interconnect at DPL’s Todd Substation.
PJM and DPL have completed three-part interconnection study process to identify any upgrades needed to interconnect the project without negative impacts the electric power system’s stability or reliability. In October 2015, the applicant’s affiliate Mitchell Solar Energy LLC and DPL executed an interconnection agreement for the project that specifies the scope, schedule, and responsibilities for design and construction of the project’s interconnection facilities. Invenergy plans to assign this agreement to Todd Solar prior to the start of project construction.
The Todd Solar project will cost between $42 million and $50 million and will create approximately 130 temporary construction jobs and 90 additional jobs throughout the supply chain. The project will employ fixed racking structures oriented at the optimal angle to maximize energy generation over the course of the year.
Todd Solar expects to have all necessary local and state approvals and engineering documents by summer 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2016 with completion and operational startup in late fall 2016.