SNOW HILL – County officials approved concept plans for utility scale solar projects in Berlin and Snow Hill this week.
The Worcester County Commissioners voted 6-0 to approve initial plans for large scale solar projects on Libertytown Road in Berlin and Public Landing Road in Snow Hill. The approval came after some neighbors of each shared concerns but said they supported the projects.
“I’d rather see a solar farm than a housing project,” said Libertytown Road resident Barbara Holloway.
The solar projects, which received a favorable recommendation from the county’s planning commission last month, have both been proposed by Longview Solar. The commissioners got a glimpse of the proposals earlier this year when the company asked for a tax abatement that was subsequently denied. Nevertheless the projects, already having authorization from Maryland’s Public Service Commission (PSC), have continued through the local approval process.
Longview Solar plans to erect a 20-megawatt facility on Libertytown Road and a 15-megawatt facility on Public Landing Road. Both projects would be built on less-than-ideal farmland.