OneEnergy Seeks Authority to Build 6 MW Solar PV Facility in Southern Maryland

OneEnergy Renewables is seeking regulatory approval in Maryland to build a 6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Somerset County, Md.

The Seattle-based company on Aug. 18 submitted to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to build the project, which is called the Ibis Solar Farm.

The new facility will be located on a portion of a 55-acre parcel of land near the town of Crisfield, Md. According to an environmental assessment (EA) that OneEnergy submitted with its application, the project will include 21,000 350 watt PV panels. OneEnergy estimated that the facility will cost between $15 million and $17 million, and will create about 50 temporary construction jobs and 20 additional jobs through the supply chain.

The company said in the EA that, while it expects the project will use a single-axis tracking system designed to optimize system output by rotating the PV panels to follow the path of the sun, exact specifications of the facility will be determined at the time of construction based on equipment availability.

Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard sets a goal for the state to obtain 20% of its power (or 1,200 MW) from renewables by 2022, including 2% from solar. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are 242 MW of solar energy currently installed in Maryland.

OneEnergy said it will sell energy from the project into the PJM Interconnection (PJM) wholesale market. Power will be transmitted to PJM’s transmission system through the distribution network at the Crisfield substation.

OneEnergy in early July submitted to the PSC a separate CPCN application to build the 6 MW Blue Star Solar Farm in northeastern Maryland. In an Aug. 11 notice of procedural schedule, the PSC set a Dec. 16 public hearing for the Blue Star Solar Farm application. The PSC said in the notice that it expects on Jan. 22, 2016, to issue a final order for that application.

Lead image: Solar-tracker power generating system. Credit Shutterstock.

 

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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