BALTIMORE — The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a second virtual public comment hearing on the proposed 10.625 MW Costen Solar solar generating facility in Somerset County at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Residents and other interested parties are welcome to take part in the hearing which will be presided over by Public Utility Law Judge Christine Burke.
The first public comment hearing in this case was held on June 29.
Costen Solar Inc. has applied to the Commission for what is known as a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), which grants an applicant the authority to construct an energy generating station or high-voltage transmission line in Maryland. Costen Solar’s project is slated to be constructed on about 57 acres of property owned by Chesapeake Renewable Energy LLC located at 33001 Costen Road north of Pocomoke City.
The project will include approximately 34,000 solar panels and an interconnection to Choptank Electric Cooperative’s Edgewood substation. It will be located behind the existing solar field leased to Brookfield Renewable US.
Members of the public who wish to speak at the hearing can sign up by sending an email to email@example.com by noon Monday, Oct. 18. The hearing will be held on the Webex platform and participants will receive an email with the link to join in. The hearing will be simultaneously livestreamed on the Public Utility Law Judge’s YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2X6wLiP.
In addition to the hearings, written comments can be submitted electronically through the Commission’s online public comments portal at https://www.psc.state.md.us/make-a-public-comment/. Comments sent by mail should be addressed to: Andrew Johnston, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202. All comments should be sent by Oct. 22, 2021 and should reference Case No. 9662.
Costen Solar’s application is available for public inspection at the Somerset County Department of Technical and Community Services in the Room 211 of the County Office Complex, 11916 Somerset Avenue in Princess Anne.
The company would like to begin construction in February 2022 and have it completed by July. A major ditch that runs through the property has already been improved and is of interest by the county that it be maintained so it continues to drain neighboring properties.