Maryland PSC approves 20-MW LS-Heron Solar Farm project

The Maryland Public Service Commission on May 10 granted final approval to an October 2015 application from Longview Solar LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a nominal 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Worcester County, Maryland, to be called the LS-Heron Solar Farm.

A Public Utility Law Judge at the commission issued a tentative approval on April 25, with that approval becoming a final commission decision on May 10 after no party objected. The April 25 tentative approval said construction is due to start in the spring or summer of this year and be completed by December 2016.

The $30 milion LS-Heron Solar Farm project will be located on an approximate 190-acre portion of an approximate 285-acre private property at 8925 Libertytown Road in unincorporated Worcester County.

The company noted that 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 solar. In order to meet these goals Maryland needs not only small, residential rooftop installations, but large utility-scale facilities like the LS-Heron Solar Farm, the company said.

Longview initiated a process to be interconnected with the PJM Interconnection and Delmarva Power & Light (DPL) systems by filing Interconnection Requests and completing project feasibility, system impact, and facilities study assessments. The project will connect with the electric distribution grid serving Maryland through a 1.5 mile line tap with DPL’s Worcester Substation.

A project contact is: Byron Crawford, Longview Solar LLC, a Joint Venture of TUUSSO Energy and Elemental Energy, 1080 W. Ewing Pl #B10, Seattle, WA 98119, Phone 206.388.2996, byron.crawford@tuusso.com.

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