PJM files interconnect for 12-MW Perennial Solar project in Maryland

PJM Interconnection on Jan. 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Interconnection Service Agreement with Perennial Solar LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Potomac Edison.

The Perennial Solar ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of the Perennial Solar Park, a 12-MW solar facility located in Hagerstown, Maryland. The Perennial Solar ISA indicates that Perennial Solar will have Capacity Interconnection Rights in the amount of 8 MW. 

The project address is 13735 Greencastle Pike and 16939 Fairview Road, Hagerstown, Washington County. The project, with a Maximum Facility Output of 12 MW, consists of ground-mounted photovoltaic solar arrays. This ISA was worked out under PJM queue position #AA1-092.

Under the terms of the ISA, on or before Oct. 31, 2016, Perennial Solar must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.

A listed project contact in the ISA is: Brent Beerley, Manager, Perennial Solar LLC c/o Community Energy Inc., Three Radnor Corporate Center, Suite 300, Radnor, PA 19807.

Notable is that Perennial Solar LLC applied on Dec. 1 of this past year 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. It gave in that application the same PJM project queue number that is contained in the ISA.

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.

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