An initial public hearing will be held virtually on Aug. 11 regarding a proposed 19.84-MW solar photovoltaic generating facility in Allegany County, Md., a public utility law judge with the Maryland Public Service Commission said on July 2.
As TransmissionHub reported, Point Reyes Energy Partners, LLC on May 13 filed with the commission an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build the alternating current (AC) Jade Meadow Solar Project, which involves a limit of construction of about 113 acres consisting of three components — a solar photovoltaic (PV) array; an interconnection line tap onto the Carlos Junction-Lonaconing 34.5-kV line; and an optional 6.4-MW (peak) energy storage component located on the site.
The project would involve a capital investment of about $35m, Point Reyes added, noting that construction is expected to occur from June to August 2021, subject to permitting restrictions.
As noted in the judge’s July 2 notice, the project is proposed to built on a site owned by the Allegany Coal and Land Company that had been previously permitted for a surface coal mine.
Individuals interested in speaking at the hearing may email email@example.com by noon on Aug. 10, and the hearing may be viewed on the Public Utility Law Judge Division’s YouTube Channel. The notice also said that written comments on the proposed project may be submitted electronically or by first-class mail.
The company in its May filing said that it expects to receive all necessary local and state approvals, as well as engineering documents, by March 2021, with construction anticipated to begin shortly thereafter. Operational startup is anticipated prior to October 2021, Point Reyes said.