Maryland PSC approves 150-MW Great Bay Solar I project

The Maryland Public Service Commission on Dec. 30 granted a final approval to Great Bay Solar I LLC on its May 11 application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) on a 150-MW solar project.

Said a Dec. 10 letter from the company to the PSC: “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.”

A commission Public Utility Law Judge on Dec. 15 issued a preliminary approval order for the project, and that order was made final by the commission on Dec. 30 after no party offered an objection to it.

The Great Bay Solar Project site is located in Somerset County, Maryland. Great Bay Solar I, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Green Solar LLC, is developing a photovoltaic facility with a nominal capacity of up to 150 MW (ac). The project will be constructed on up to 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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