SunEdison seeks ruling from Massachusetts agency on 3-MW solar project

SunEdison LLC on Dec. 18 petitioned the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to clarify the meaning of the term “legal challenge” as used in the context of a request for an extension of a reservation period under the department’s order creating a system of assurance.

In the alternative, SunEdison requests a limited exception under a provision of the Net Metering Regulation and relevant orders of the department, as SunEdison believes it has good cause to request an exception to extend its reservation period in the System of Assurance and maintain its net metering cap allocation. SunEdison requests such clarification, and in the alternative, such exception, in order to permit continued development of its proposed solar facility located in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

SunEdison is one of the nation’s largest developers of solar projects. One of its directly held subsidiaries, BWC Castle Neck River LLC, is developing and will own the project. This is a 3-MW (ac) solar facility to be located at 1050 Hilldale Avenue, Haverhill, Massachusetts. There are two neighboring parcels, one owned by an individual and the second by a realty trust. Both neighboring landowners expressed concerns about the project and its impact on their respective views.

The original developer of the project, Blue Wave Capital LLC, worked with the neighboring landowners prior to and up to a public hearing in March 2014 before the Haverhill Board of Appeals. It is a lingering legal issue with the realty trust that triggered the Dec. 18 petition.

The power offtakers for the project will be the City of Winthrop, the Winthrop Housing Authority, the Methuen Housing Authority and the Gloucester Housing Authority.

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