Maryland PSC staff backs approval for 9-MW OneEnergy Baker solar project

The Maryland Public Service Commission staff is recommending that the commission approve, with certain routine conditions attached, a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the 9-MW OneEnergy Baker Point Solar LLC project.

De Andre T. Wilson, employed by the commission as an Electrical Distribution Engineer in the commission’s Engineering Division, provided the May 6 staff testimony. The application was filed last October.

Wilson is recommending that the commission:

  • grant a CPCN to OneEnergy Baker Point Solar for a 9-MW solar facility;
  • require that the distribution Interconnection Service Agreement with transmission owner Potomac Edison or a statement that Potomac Edison does not require a separate Interconnection Service Agreement for this project be filed with the commission prior to construction;
  • require that OneEnergy Baker Point Solar, its successors and assigns, be required to provide a 60-day written notice to the commission of any non-wholesale electricity sale to a Maryland retail electric customer and comply with all regulations regarding such sale including obtaining any requisite Interconnection Service Agreement(s) to deliver electricity into the respective distribution systems of Maryland electric companies such as Potomac Edison;
  • require that OneEnergy Baker Point Solar, its successors and assigns, provide written notice of any change in ownership of all, or any portion of the project, at least 30 days prior to the closing date of any sale to a third party; and
  • include any additional conditions proposed by the other state agencies having jurisdiction in this proceeding.

OneEnergy Baker Point is a wholly owned subsidiary of OneEnergy Inc. D/B/A OneEnergy Renewables. OneEnergy Renewables’ main offices are located in Seattle, Washington, and it develops utility-scale renewable energy projects throughout North America.

The 9-MW Baker Point project will include approximately 14,117 solar PV modules. It would be located on a 56-acre portion of a 60.75-acre parcel approximately four miles northwest of the Town of Woodsboro and 12 miles north of Frederick, Maryland, at 12331 Old Frederick Road, Thurmont, Maryland. This is a rural area surrounded by primarily agricultural fields.

OneEnergy Baker Point has a generator interconnection queue number of AA1-109, having submitted an interconnection request to PJM Interconnection in October 2014 with a proposed in-service date no later than the fourth quarter of 2016. PJM completed the Feasibility Study in February 2015. The Impact Study was completed in November 2015. Potomac Edison determined that a Facilities Study will not be necessary due to the simplicity of the interconnection and the fact that the project will not have transmission system impacts. In December 2015, PJM filed an executed Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) with FERC,

The interconnection to the local grid would be undertaken by tapping directly into Potomac Edison’s 34.5-kV subtransmission circuit Catoctin-Carroll-Monocacy (Catoctin-Troutville Junction Section), 2.07 miles southeast of the Catoctin Substation.

Pending any final issues that may arise, the target is to have a proposed final approval order issued on June 3.

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