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Hearing for solar farm near

East New Market set for Dec. 3, 20

special exception and variances for a large solar farm


The Dorchester County Board of Appeals will conduct a special public meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the hall of the East New Market Volunteer Fire Station, 4020 East New Market Bypass, East New Market


New Market Solar is seeking special exception approval for the installation of a utility scale solar energy system in an Agricultural Conservation zone (total acreage of project is 624 acres) with the installation of a substation on Parcel 196 and variances for an up to 8 foot tall security perimeter fence and project components to be built within otherwise prescribed setbacks, internal to the project site.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources fact sheet on the project, the site could include 176,848 photovoltaic modules, and would be connected to the nearby substation, which would be expanded. The site is currently used for agricultural fields. The project could cost about $50 million and could be constructed in six to eight months.

The request was originally slated for the Nov. 19 meeting, but the board decided to hold a special session in East New Market, with a larger space to accommodate more people.

New Market Solar LLC plans build a 50 MW solar generating facility just east of East New Market.

According to documents filed in February, the 50 MW solar generating facility project is proposed for a 286-acre site on four parcels bounded by Thompsontown Road, Railroad Avenue, and Richardson Road in East New Market.

Agricultural fields occupy the area for a proposed 286 acre site south of Railroad Ave. in East New Market.



CASE 2617 Board of Appeals Hearing

Continued on November 16, 2017

CASE 2617 Board of Appeals Hearing

Rescheduled for October 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Public hearing at Dorchester County Board of Appeals on September 21, 2017 at 7 pm. 
Industrial Solar Project proposed on Osborne Rd area (near Hurlock, MD) over 378 acres and 143 acres off Harper Road outside of Hurlock, MD. 

Our Dorchester County Council and officials need to wake up before we lose more prime agricultural land. 

NEW MARKET LLC - Proposed Solar Project by Sunenergy1 skirting East New Market, MD in Dorchester County.   Sunenergy1 held an information meeting on Tuesday August 8, 2017 after sending notification out to adjoining property owners only several days before the meeting.  Meeting was held at the East New Market Volunteer Fire Department, and had about 35 people interested attend including the East New Market town council and mayor.  With the promise of 1000 jobs during construction and supporting the local county with increased tax revenue, while the company Sunenergy1 collects grants and funds from federal and state to peruse "Green Energy".  


This is planned as a 50 MW Industrial Solar Plant providing power to PJM through Delmarva Power covering a proposed 358 acres on three farms in North Dorchester.

The meeting was presented by Linda Nwadike, PMP project manager.

Sunenergy1 is headquartered in Mooresville, NC and claims to be Leaders in Commercial Solar.

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 Public Hearing on Eqypt Road Solar Center

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Dorchester County Public Library, 303 Gay Street in Cambridge

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 2715 Ocean Gateway in Cambridge

More info Click Here

OneEnergy withdraws Project 

Dorchester Banner March 31, 2017

EAST NEW MARKET — For now, the sun has set on the OneEnergy Sunnee Bee solar-panel project near East New Market. An application before the Dorchester County Board of Appeals was withdrawn.


March  7, 2017

A PILOT was shot down Tuesday evening in Dorchester County.

Dorchester Banner Article March 10,2017

CAMBRIDGE — A PILOT was shot down Tuesday evening in Dorchester County.

The payment in lieu of taxes proposal that drew the ire of wary members of the North Dorchester Neighborhood Coalition at the Feb. 23 Dorchester County Board of Appeals meeting was very quickly rejected days later at the regular meeting of the Dorchester County Council. Consideration of the proposal from OneEnergy was a late addition to the agenda Tuesday.


Solar flare: Rowdy crowd at board of appeals meeting

Dorchester Banner article March 2, 2017

Tax payment proposal discussed Feb. 23 received by county council president Feb. 22

CAMBRIDGE — Another long Dorchester County Board of Appeals meeting, another continuation, and this time members of the public who packed the county meeting room got rowdy after they didn’t get an opportunity to speak.

Photo from Dorchester Banner
Public Service Commission of Maryland denies 60 MW in Kent County
The Application filed by Mills
Branch Solar, LLC. for a Certificate of Public Convenience and
Necessity to construct a 60.0 MW solar photovoltaic generating
facility in Kent County, Maryland is hereby denied in accordance
with the findings and decisions rendered herein. Public Service Commission of Maryland
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Industrial Solar Plants

                             on Prime Farmland

Pay attention Dorchester County residents! This is what can happen to the farmland around your home if our Zoning laws aren’t amended.

Dorchester County’s prime agricultural land is at risk of being developed into Solar Utility fields that supply power to the grid.

And Guess What??

If you live near a field, it can be right around your home too!

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