Maryland PSC official endorses 20-MW Todd Solar project of Invenergy

A member of the Maryland Public Service Commission staff filed May 18 testimony recommending that the commission approve a December 2015 application from Todd Solar LLC for a 20-MW (ac) solar project.

De Andre T. Wilson, employed by the commission as an Electrical Distribution Engineer in the Engineering Division, recommended approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Todd Solar, as long as certain basic conditions are met. The conditions would include a requirement that the Interconnection Service Agreement with Delmarva Power & Light or a statement that Delmarva Power & Light does not require a separate Interconnection Service Agreement for this project be filed with the commission prior to construction.

Todd Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Invenergy Solar Development LLC, whose home office is located in Chicago, Illinois. Invenergy Solar develops, owns, and operates power generation and energy storage facilities throughout North America and Europe.

Todd Solar is requesting a CPCN to construct a 20-MW solar facility, which will include approximately 85,000 solar panels installed on a fixed rack oriented east to west with a tilt of 25 degrees in order to allow for more installed capacity and higher annual yield.

The project site will be located on a portion of a 143-acre parcel approximately 2 miles southeast of the Town of Hurlock in Dorchester County, Maryland, and approximately 1 mile southeast of DPL’s Todd Substation, the project’s interconnection point.

Todd Solar has a PJM Interconnection generator interconnection queue number of X3-008, having submitted an interconnection request to PJM in August 2011 with a proposed in-service date in the third quarter of 2017. PJM initiated and completed the three-part interconnection study process which included the Feasibility, Impact and Facilities studies. The Impact Study was completed in July 2012 and the Facility Study was completed in August 2014. The Facility Study report details the interconnection and transmission network upgrade facilities and costs necessary to ensure the interconnection is safe and reliable.

In October 2015, Todd Solar’s affiliate, Mitchell Solar Energy LLC, fully executed a Wholesale Market Participant Agreement with PJM and an interconnection agreement with DPL, which Invenergy Solar plans to assign to Todd Solar prior to the start of construction.

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