Great Bay Solar

Great Bay Solar I, LLC
Somerset County, Maryland

The Great Bay Solar Project is a 150 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic generating facility located in Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. EDR was the lead environmental consultant for the permitting process, preparing the Environmental Review Document that served as the application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN). Environmental and cultural analyses we conducted in support of the CPCN included an archaeological survey, historic resources assessment, Maryland State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) consultation, a rare plant survey, and wetland delineation. The State of Maryland Public Service Commission granted a CPCN to the Great Bay Solar Project in December 2015.

EDR is currently preparing a wetland permit application, coordinating local permitting approvals, and designing a visual screening planting plan for the project. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016. The project is expected to be operational in time to deliver electricity starting in January 2017, as per the terms of the power purchase agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration.