Perennial Solar seeks Maryland PSC approval for 8-MW project

Perennial Solar LLC applied on Dec. 1 at the Maryland Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct a nominal 8-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Washington County, Maryland.

The Perennial Solar Project will be located on two contiguous privately owned agricultural properties. The project will occupy approximately 70 acres of land. The properties are located in the southwestern quadrant of the intersection of Maryland Route 494 (Fairview Road) and Maryland Route 63 (Greencastle Pike), approximately 0.23 mile west of Cearfoss (an unincorporated community in Washington County).

Approximately 30-50 design, management, and construction personnel will work on the project at the height of construction, which is anticipated in summer 2016 subject to permitting timeframes.

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 Perennial Solar Project, the application said.

Perennial said it has already initiated a process to interconnect the project with the PJM Interconnection market and Potomac Edison/FirstEnergy (FE) transmission system by filing interconnection requests and completing project feasibility, system impact and facilities studies assessments. Interconnection will occur through a direct line tap on the Potomac Edison 34.5-kV Halfway-Milnor circuit.

The project schedule is:

Engineering and permitting: April 2015–February 2016

Procurement: March 2016–July 2016

Construction: June 2016–October 2016

Commence Commercial Operation: Fall 2016

The project will consist of approximately 34,000 fixed-tilt photovoltaic modules. These solar panels will sit approximately six feet above the ground surface, and will be arranged in rows approximately eight feet apart. The project will cost between $15 million and $17.5 million to construct and will create approximately 30-50 temporary jobs throughout the construction process and supply chain.

A listed project contact is: Tom Anderson, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087, Tom.Anderson@communityenergyinc.com.

That is contact information for Community Energy Inc., which says about itself on its website: “Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) was founded in 1999 to ignite the market for fuel-free energy and develop solar and wind generation. CEI built the voluntary market for renewable energy, spurring the demand for hundreds of megawatts of new wind generation with retail customers ahead of state mandates. Now a leading solar developer, CEI has developed hundreds of MW of utility-scale solar across the country including two of the largest projects nation-wide in Georgia and Colorado. CEI also develops customer-sited and community-scale solar projects for businesses, universities, and residential customers.”

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