AEP revises interconnect deal for 50-MW Texas solar project

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of affiliate AEP Texas North Co., on Aug. 11 filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Service Agreement for a 50-MW solar project in Texas.

The agreement is with Barilla Solar LLC. The parties originally entered into a standard generation interconnection agreement as of Dec. 26, 2013, which provides for the electrical interconnection of the 50-MW solar facility. This facility’s Hovey Substation is located in Pecos County approximately 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 Barilla Solar to build a 138-kV transmission line from it substation to the Barilla Junction Station. The solar facility is now planned to go into commercial operation by Dec. 15, 2014, which is a push-back from the original schedule of May 31 of this year.

Subsequent to the original agreement, the parties agreed to amend and restate the agreement to identify a phased build out of the generator’s plant capacity, which includes five phases in total.

The solar facility will consist of First Solar Photovoltaic Modules, SMA 800 inverters with an output power rating of 0.795 MW each, and GE inverters with an output power rating of 3.75 MW each.

A project contact is: Barilla Solar c/o First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, Director, Project Development, 415-894-6206, 415-935-2487,

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