Linchester Mill

About the project

Project Information: Linchester Mill (utility project id#: DM FFP 02)
Payne Rd. and Main Street, Preston, MD 21655

System Size: 1.98 Megawatts (AC) (expected yearly kWh output is 4,179,000)

System Type: 12 acre ground-mount site

Expected date in service: TBD

Subscriber Organization name: Forefront Power, LLC

MD Public Service Commission Subscriber ID #: 17A2148980003856

Solar developer: Forefront Power (www.forefrontpower.com)

Number of Subscribers this project can support: up to 336

Is this project open? Yes, open to new subscribers

General description (provided by the organization):

THE LINCHESTER MILL PROJECT is located on a field it shares with corn and soybean production just outside the quiet town of Preston, only a stone’s throw from the historic Linchester Mill, which operated from 1840 until the 1970’s. It was in this area, more than 150 years ago, where Harriet Tubman and other brave heroes ran a safe house as one of the stops on the underground railroad that brought enslaved people from the south to freedom in the north. The town of Preston grew stronger in the early 20th century when it became a hub for canned vegetables, particularly tomatoes. Today, it has a population of just over 700 people and calls itself “the biggest little town in the USA.”

The project is on land owned by a longtime local family, a parcel passed down through the generations. Now with the construction of a two megawatt community solar project, the Preston area will once again host innovation and a new community-building spirit for the 21st century. The Linchester Mill project will honor the connection with history in this area while helping to build a cleaner, greener future for all of us.

NOTE: If you subscribe to this project we will receive a referral fee for it to support our public education efforts. Solar United Neighbors is a neutral, non-profit and do not support any particular project or for-profit developer. All project providers in the state are welcome to work with us and to add their projects to our list.

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The basics

Utility service territory where project is located: Delmarva Power & Light

Who can participate? Anyone in the Delmarva Power & Light utility territory who meets credit criteria and electricity usage requirements

Cost: Guaranteed 5% discount below Delmarva for length of contract (10% discount for low to moderate income). NOTE: The floor price is set to the value of the first year’s price. In other words, it will 5% below the utility cost unless the utility cost goes below what it was in the first year of your subscription.

Is this cheaper than what I pay now? Yes

How much can I buy? 80% to 100% of your total annual electricity usage

How often will I pay? Once a month

How long is the contract? 25 years

Will my cost for this energy go up over time? Yes, but it will remain below the utility rate (except as it applies to the “floor price” described above)

Are there termination fees? Yes. $1,000 unless you move outside Delmarva territory and give at least 60 days advance notice, or if you pass away, or if you are permanently disabled.

Are there other fees? Yes, in some cases other minor fees could apply. If you pay by credit card, you will be charged a credit card processing fee. If you downsize your purchase you will be charged a small admin fee.

Will I own the panels? No

Will this energy be cheaper than grid energy in the future? Because the price is guaranteed to be below the Delmarva cost of electricity for the contract term and does not escalate it should remain cheaper. However, please note that due to the “floor price” described above, if in the future, Delmarva electricity drops below what it is in the first year of your subscription, the savings could be less.

The details

Are there minimum credit scores required to qualify? Yes, 700 FICO score (650 for low and moderate income qualified)

Can I claim the Federal Tax Credit? No

Can I claim local tax credits? No

Will I get any Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)? No

Will I get any other incentives? No

How do I sign up? Visit Neighborhood Sun and fill out the form

Can I stay subscribed and keep the benefits if I move? Yes, if you move within the utility territory

Can I transfer it to someone else if I move? Yes

How do I cancel? Contact MDCustomerCare@forefrontpower.com

Can I buy in small increments? No, subscriptions are matched to at least 80% of your usage

Is financing available for me? No, subscription is pay-as-you-go by the kWh

Does the system have a long-term maintenance contract? Yes

Can I monitor the system? Yes, Subscriber Organization will provide an app

What happens if the system stops working? Subscription Organization will work to fix it and you don’t owe anything if you don’t receive a credit on your utility bill.

Is there a performance guarantee? No

How do I file a complaint if I need to? Email MDCustomerCare@forefrontpower.com. If you don’t get assistance you can contact the Maryland PSC or the Office of People’s Counsel

Community impacts

Did the community play a role in developing the project? The local landholder hosting the project had input

Is there community ownership or control? No

Does it provide local job opportunities? Unclear

Are there provisions for low-income participants? Yes. FICO score requirement is reduced and savings level is greater for income-qualified participants.

Are there additional community benefits? Use of pollinator friendly ground cover may be used

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