Public comments on Great Bay Solar’s request to extend the construction deadlines of its 150-MW solar photovoltaic generating facility in Somerset County, Md., are due by Aug. 2 (Case No. 9380), the Maryland Public Service Commission said in a June 14 notice.
According to the notice, Great Bay Solar I, LLC and Great Bay Solar II, LLC (collectively referred to as Great Bay Solar) in October 2018 requested that the commission extend and modify the construction deadlines contained in the certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) granted to Great Bay Solar.
The commission in November 2018 issued a temporary extension of the construction deadline until the commission rendered its final decision on the request. The notice also said that the commission on March 27 – after considering the request at an administrative hearing – renewed the temporary extension of the construction deadline to allow action to be taken by Somerset County on the site plans for Phase II of the project, as well as to allow the Power Plant Research Program (PPRP), Maryland Department of Natural Resources sufficient time to evaluate the Phase II project in conjunction with reviewing state agencies.
Great Bay Solar on June 10 filed a letter stating that its site plan had been approved by Somerset County and that PPRP had indicated that it would be able to evaluate the Phase II project, as well as submit comments/updated licensing conditions within 60 days after receiving the county approved site plans from Great Bay Solar.
The notice added that Great Bay Solar asked that the 60-day period for PPRP’s submission of conditions start on June 10 – to which PPRP is agreeable – and that the commission consider the request at its Aug. 7 administrative meeting. PPRP has indicated that it will file its comments/updated conditions related to the Phase II project by July 29.
The notice also said that the commission will consider the request at its Aug. 7 administrative meeting, which will be held in Baltimore, Md.
As noted in a March 7 letter from the Department of Natural Resources to the commission, Great Bay Solar was designed as a two-phase project authorized by a single CPCN. Installation of the first phase, which includes 75 MW of solar panels, is complete and commercial operation began in 2018, the department said, noting that Great Bay Solar is seeking an extension of the construction deadline for Phase II of the project, which is anticipated to be about 40 MW.