12-MW Gateway Solar project in Maryland nears final approval

Due on Aug. 30 to become a final decision of the Maryland Public Service Commission, unless a party objects by then, is a July 28 finding by a commission Public Utility Law Judge that an approval should be granted for the 12-MW (ac) Gateway Solar LLC project.

Dennis H. Sober, Public Utility Law Judge, granted a proposed approval to a December 2015 application from Gateway Solar for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 12-MW solar facility in Worcester County, Maryland. The project would be constructed on 120 acres of a 426-acre property, which is currently used for agricultural production. It will be a generating station that has 52,000 solar panels on land in Whaleyville, Worcester County, on Maryland’s eastern shore.

Gateway proposed to interconnect to Delmarva Power & Light‘s Worcester Substation using two direct taps: one into the existing 25kV MD 224 circuit and the other onto the existing 25 kV MD2282 circuit, with no need for the construction of an addition transmission line.

Gateway stated that the project will cost between $24 million and $29 million to construct and will create approximately 40-60 temporary jobs. The project will use a single-axis tracker technology designed to optimize solar output. Once completed, the project will sell all output into the PJM Interconnection wholesale market via DPL’s distribution system.

A project contact is: Tom Anderson, Gateway Solar LLC, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087, Tom.Anderson@communityenergyinc.com.

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