Ocean City Today

Another solar project approved

By Brian Gilliland | Apr 13, 2017

(April 14, 2017) Construction is set to begin next year to bring 15.6 megawatts of solar power generation to a 426-acre site in western Worcester where Route 90 splits off from Route 50.

The panels will cover about 30 percent of that area at 129 acres, which will be built in two phases: north and south, according to the Tom Anderson, the project’s lead developer, representing Gateway Solar.

Gateway Solar, Anderson said, developed sites generating about 700 megawatts of energy in 10 states, mostly west of the Rocky Mountains.

Maryland’s Public Service Commission somewhat limits county input on the project, as the commissioners can only rule on circumstances unique to the local jurisdiction — like stormwater management, according to Phyllis Wimbrow, deputy director of the county development review and permitting department.

The commissioners took full advantage of the situation by asking about conserved forest and the amount of working agricultural land that would be impacted by the utility lease, but ended up approving the project.

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