CPV REC Planning 10-MW Solar Project

Competitive Power Ventures Renewable Energy Company (CPV REC) is planning to build a 10-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic project in southern Maryland that will be co-located with the proposed natural gas combined-cycle CPV St. Charles Energy Center.

The announcement was made as part of American Community Properties Trust (ACPT) 9,100 acre planned “Model Green City” in Charles County. Known as the CPV Piney Reach Solar Farm, the planned facility will begin permitting immediately and is expected to be in service by 2012.

The project is the largest of its kind announced in the state. Co-locating the solar farm with a natural gas generator is part of an increasing popular trend to build hybrid electricity generation facilities.

“We are extremely excited to be bringing this solar project to the people of Maryland in conjunction with our CPV St. Charles Energy Center,” said Doug Egan, CPV’s chairman and CEO . “We believe this combination of renewable generation with natural gas generation will be the wave of the future and Maryland is on the cutting edge.”

The project will also help Maryland in achieving its renewable portfolio standard goal of installing 1,500 MW of solar by 2022.

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