PJM works out interconnect deals for 320 MW of Ohio renewables

PJM Interconnection, under its Open Access Transmission Tariff, on July 15 submitted for filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission three executed interconnection service agreements (ISAs) for new wind and solar energy projects in Hardin County, Ohio.

The agreements are among PJM, AEP Ohio Transmission and the three separate owners of the Hardin Energy Center: Hardin Wind Energy LLC, Hardin Wind Energy II LLC and Hardin Solar Energy LLC. The contact in the ISAs for all three of these projects is Invenergy LLC out of Chicago.

PJM also submitted an executed interconnection construction service agreement (CSA) among PJM, Hardin, and AEP.

The Hardin ISAs facilitate the interconnection to the PJM system of the entire 320-MW Hardin Energy Center located in Hardin County. Each of the Hardin ISAs is for a separate discrete portion of this facility. The Hardin ISA is for a 207.4-MW portion of the capacity, the Hardin II ISA is for a 92.6-MW portion of the customer facility and the Hardin Solar ISA is for a 20-MW portion of the facility. The entire facility will consist of 200×1.62-MW General Electric wind turbines and 20×1.0-MW blocks of photovoltaic modules.

  • Under the Hardin ISA, on or before June 1, 2015, the developer must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units. This ISA supersedes the Interim ISA among PJM, Hardin Wind Energy and Ohio Power from 2009.
  • The Hardin II ISA supersedes the Interim ISA among PJM, Hardin Wind Energy and Ohio Power from 2009. On or before June 13, 2016, the power project developer must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.
  • Under the Hardin Solar ISA, on or before Aug. 1, 2016, the developer must demonstrate commercial operation of all photovoltaic modules.

Said the Hardin Solar ISA about the overall project: “The Hardin Parties intend that the output of each individual wind turbine generator for Queue Position No. U2-041, which are the subject of the Hardin ISA and Hardin II ISA, will be 1.6 MW instead of the originally intended 1.5 MW. The total collective net MW output of the Hardin and Hardin II Interconnection Customer Equipment shall be limited to a total of 300 MW (‘Wind Farm MW Limit’) which corresponds to the fixed net MW limit for Queue Position No. U2-041 and the total collective number of turbines shall be limited to 200 turbines. Any increases to the Wind Farm MW Limit will require a new Interconnection Request. The net output of the Hardin Solar Interconnection Customer Equipment will be 20 MW, which corresponds to the fixed net MW limit for Queue Position No. V3-028. The Maximum Facility Output for the entire Customer Facility, consisting of the Hardin, Hardin II, and Hardin Solar Interconnection Customer Equipment, will be 320 MW (‘Hardin MFO’), which corresponds to the fixed net MW limit for Queue Position Nos. U2-041 and V3-038.”

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