Location

Garrett County, Maryland

System Information

  • Single-axis trackers
  • 500+ watt solar modules

Total Installed Capacity

175 MW

Supply Capacity

30,000 homes

Investment

$200 million

Construction Start

Q1 2022

Project Overview

CPV Backbone Solar (CPV Backbone) is located on a recently decommissioned coal mining site and is the largest solar project under development in western Maryland. The project’s 175-MWac capacity will power more than 30,000 homes—more than twice the county—and avoid over 200,000 tons of CO2 per year by displacing older, less efficient generation, while adding diversity to the region’s energy mix. CPV Backbone will employ 140-180 workers during construction and will bring significant tax benefits to Garrett County.


BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF MARYLAND

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF 
CPV BACKBONE SOLAR, LLC
FOR A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY 
TO CONSTRUCT A 175 MW SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC GENERATING FACILITY IN 
GARRETT COUNTY, MARYLAND           

CASE NO. 9663 

NOTICE OF FIRST PUBLIC COMMENT HEARING

A virtual public comment hearing in the above-entitled matter is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. concerning CPV Backbone Solar, LLC’s CPCN application.  CPV Backbone Solar, LLC is proposing to build a 175 MW solar photovoltaic facility on a reclaimed coal mine. The street address of the project is 5187 Kitzmiller Road, Kitzmiller, Maryland 21538.

The hearing will include a presentation by the Applicant.  The public comment hearing will be conducted via virtual meeting live streamed on the Public Utility Law Judge Division’s YouTube Channel.  If you would like to speak at the hearing, please send an email to psc.pulj@gmail.com by 12:00 Noon on Monday, August 2, 2021. Otherwise, you may watch the public hearing on the Public Utility Law Judge Division’s YouTube Channel, which is available via the following link: https://bit.ly/2X6wLiP. Please direct any questions about the public hearing to psc.pulj@gmail.com.

Written comments on the proposed Project may be submitted electronically or by first-class mail on or before October 19, 2021 and may be filed electronically through Commission’s website at www.psc.state.md.us or sent by first-class mail to Commission’s Executive Secretary, Andrew S. Johnston, 6 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-6806, referencing Case No. 9663.

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