ENTECCO proposes massive solar project of up to 2,000 MW in New York

ENTECCO LLC and its team are proposing a renewable power generation project that will be a “Renewable Energy Delivery Hub,” dedicated to the generation of photo voltaic (PV) or concentrated photo voltaic (CPV) solar energy at a size of up to 2,000 MW, to be located in Seneca County, N.Y.

A proposal from ENTECCO was one of dozens offered recently as part of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway initiative, which is being handled administratively by the New York Power Authority. Comments are being taken on the proposals until July 31, with the Energy Highway task force to then prepare a report for the governor.

The ENTECCO project is named Central Solar City (CSC) and would have the potential to be the largest single solar hub of its kind in the U.S. The proposed project size would range from about 100 acres/20 MW (the minimum pilot configuration) to 10,000 acres/2,000 MW (maximum configuration), the company noted. The location is in the New York ISO Zone C in Seneca County. The earliest date the project can be operational is 10 to 12 months after contract approval for the first 20 MW.

The core project team members are world leaders in their respective fields, said the proposal. CHA Inc. is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm with a long established track record in supporting public sector clients in New York State and worldwide. Eaton Energy Solutions employs a staff of 155 professionals dedicated to the renewable energy market segment. General Electric Energy and Mx Technologies are General Electric (NYSE: GE) subsidiaries with experience in the renewable energy field.

Advantages of the project, said the proposal, include:

  • The ENTECCO team has particular interest in developing and protecting jobs for New Yorkers, said the proposal. CSC will create jobs by purchasing products and services from companies with staff and production capacity in the state of New York.
  • New York’s current power generation is heavily reliant on fossil fuel. CSC would integrate new renewable energy into the grid, reducing the CO2 emissions and carbon footprint of the power generation assets necessary to meet the existing demand. This integration would protect the ratepayer against spikes in oil or natural gas pricing, while establishing energy source diversification, and overall energy independence.
  • CSC will help enable the state of New York to reach its current goal of providing 30% of its energy consumption with renewable energy resources by 2015. “We understand that an increased reliance on renewable energy provided by projects with in-service dates later than 2015, helps support energy security and contributes to the diversity of the power supply,” said the proposal. “As suggested by the State of New York at a recent Energy Highway conference, CSC would support the central and western NY region during the decommissioning of coal fired plants and transmission capacity and as such could serve to increase the reliability of energy delivery,” the proposal went on to say.

Company says it has structure for project finances

The proposal said about finances: “ENTECCO and its financial partners have done extensive research into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for CSC. We propose to create a Special Purpose Entity (SPE) to build, own, and operate the facility over a 20 year period. We have also developed mechanisms to share the risk and rewards associated with a project of this type such as specialized and alternative Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).”

The initial 3,000 acres of property is currently zoned industrial by the local county government. There is over 7,000 acres available for use should the plant need this entire parcel.

The CSC project site is currently served via a 34.5-kV radial source from the New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) substation via a transmission line. NYSEG performed a “Transmission/Distribution Reinforcement Study” in 2006 and some follow-up options in 2007. In the study, it was recommended that the needed lines be built to 115-kV construction so that they could be converted in the future. “It should be noted that although this previous study was done, it would be necessary for this project to follow the New York State Standardized Interconnection procedures and submit an interconnection application through the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO),” the proposal said.

CSC will use products and components developed by General Electric, Eaton Electrical and other New York based entities, the proposal said. These components will change over time to keep pace with market and technology changes, the company said in the proposal.

ENTECCO LLC is an energy integration and development company headquartered in Rochester, N.Y. It said its primary mission is to provide governmental clients in the northeast U.S. with energy solutions that are sustainable and financially responsible.

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