Chesapeake Solar to host public hearing Aug. 22
CHESAPEAKE CITY — Chesapeake Solar, a new solar energy company locating north of Chesapeake City, will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Holiday Inn Express at 1570 Elkton Road in Elkton.
Energy companies are required to hold a public hearing by the state Public Service Commission (PSC).
SunEast Development, a solar energy company, first told the Cecil County Council in July that a solar farm would be located on the site, once the company received the proper permits and licensing.
Around 55 acres of the 100-acre property, which lies at 1679 Augustine Herman Highway between Route 213 and Spears Hill Road, will be covered with solar panels. The property’s zoning is consistent with use as a solar field.
The site will host 40,000 solar panels generating around 9 megawatts of power. One megawatt of power can bring energy to 164 homes, meaning 9 megawatts could power 1,476 homes.
The facility will serve Delmarva Power’s coverage area.
“Maryland has established one of the most aggressive renewable portfolio standard requirements in the country, requiring 22 percent of its power to be renewable by 2020, including 2.5 percent from solar,” wrote Todd Chasen, Chesapeake Solar’s legal counsel, in an application to the PSC. “In order to meet these binding requirements Maryland needs not only small, residential rooftop installations, but large utility- scale facilities like the Chesapeake Solar Project.”
Chasen wrote that the project would require a capital investment of $1519 million.
Around 50 temporary jobs in design, management and construction would be created on site at the height of construction.
Construction should be completed in fall 2018.
While the area is not densely populated, the property does border a residential development on Spears Hill Road. County officials have said they don’t expect the solar farm to spark outcry in the community.
Chesapeake Solar is a subsidiary of Freepoint Solar, a division of Freepoint Commodities, the owner of the project. SunEast Development is the project management company.
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The red pin marks the property where Chesapeake Solar will be constructing a solar farm.