AEP works out service deals for two Texas solar power projects

American Electric Power Service Corp. (AEPSC), on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas Central, has worked out a Service Agreement for a nearly 40-MW solar project in Texas that is due to be online this summer.

The agreement, worked out under the Open Access Transmission Service Tariff of the American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 16. It is with OCI Alamo 4 LLC.

The agreement provides for the electrical interconnection of OCI Alamo 4’s planned 39.6-MW solar facility. The facility’s Eclipse Substation is located in Kinney County about one mile northeast of Brackettville, Texas. The substation will interconnect at a temporary location on AEP Texas Central’s Brackettville to Rio Grande Brackettville 138-kV transmission line. The interconnection will require the power project developer to build a 138-kV transmission line from the substation to the temporary location. AEP Texas Central will be required to hard-tap the substation at the temporary location while its new permanent five breaker Brackettville Station is being built. The generating facility is planned to go into commercial operation on Aug. 15, 2014. It would use ReneSola solar panels.

The contact information for an OCI Solar 4 office in San Antonio is 210-453-3115, pwhitacre@ocisolarpower.com.

AEPSC, on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas North, on Jan. 16 filed separately with FERC a Service Agreement with Barilla Solar LLC. The agreement provides for the electrical interconnection of a planned 50-MW facility. The facility’s Hovey Substation is located in Pecos County about 29 miles west of Fort Stockton, Texas. The facility will interconnect at AEP Texas North’s Barrilla Junction 138-kV Station. The interconnection will require the project developer to build a 138-kV transmission line from the substation to the station. This project is planned to go into commercial operation by Dec. 15, 2014. It would use First Solar photovoltaic modules.

Contact information here for a company out of Tempe, Arizona, is: Barilla Solar LLC c/o First Solar, Brian Penner, 602-414-9300, Brian.Penner@FirstSolar.com.

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