Austin-based Pioneer Green Energy (Pioneer) has signed a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to sell 75 megawatts of clean, renewable solar energy from the Great Bay Solar project under development in Somerset County, MD. The power purchase agreement (PPA) was awarded as the result of a competitive process held by GSA in 2014.
Great Bay Solar is a utility-scale solar generation facility sited on several hundred acres of previously disturbed land just south of Princess Anne, MD. Construction is projected to begin in the spring of 2016, with the site expected to be operational and delivering power by December of 2016.
This clean solar generation facility will displace the equivalent of more than 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year and produce enough electricity to power over 15,000 households on the PJM grid system. The project is sited on previously disturbed land in largely rural areas of the county and is designed to avoid impacts to biologically sensitive habitats and wetland areas. The project is estimated to create hundreds of temporary jobs during construction and over a dozen permanent jobs in the county over its 30+ year life, and is expected to increase the county’s property tax revenue by as much as 15 percent compared to the 2014-2015 tax year.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded this PPA in GSA’s competitive solicitation process. This solar project is the culmination of years of hard work by Pioneer and we are particularly pleased to be able to contribute to the economy, tax base, and environment of Somerset County in a substantial and meaningful way” said Cyrus Tashakkori, Vice President and head of Pioneer’s solar business.
"This solar project is part of GSA's effort to ensure that more of the energy powering our buildings comes from sustainable sources, and that we meet the federal government’s renewable energy goals,” said Steve Sakach, Assistant Commissioner of GSA Office of Facilities Management and Services Programs. “GSA is excited about this opportunity to add to the long-term sustainability of our power grid, and we look forward to taking advantage of similar opportunities in the future.”
“We could not have asked for a more professional and supportive counter-party than GSA” said Greg Buis, President of Pioneer. “We are proud of the leadership GSA has shown in supplying government buildings and agencies with electricity from renewable sources like Great Bay Solar.”