PJM works out grid construction deal for 80-MW solar project in North Carolina

PJM Interconnection on Jan. 14 submitted for filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Interconnection Construction Service Agreement (CSA) with Conetoe II Solar LLC and transmission owner Virginia Electric and Power that facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of an 80-MW solar facility located in Conetoe, North Carolina.

The parties to the Conetoe CSA have also entered into an Interim Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA). The Contoe Interim ISA was submitted for commission for acceptance on Dec. 17, 2014. Although the Conetoe CSA otherwise conforms to the CSA Form, PJM is submitting it for filing because the parties entered into it in conjunction with the Contoe Interim ISA, which is a nonconforming use of a CSA. The commission previously has accepted CSAs entered into in conjunction with Interim ISAs.

The agreements cover the Conetoe II Solar Park, to be located on NC Hwy 42 East, Conetoe, N.C.

Conetoe II Solar had filed on Oct. 6, 2014, at the North Carolina Utilities Commission for an approval on this project. The facility will be a solar photovoltaic plant consisting of about 367,213 solar pv modules attached to a ground-mounted racking system. The $201.6m facility is expected to use fifty-four 1.482 MW inverters. The facility is expected to be energized in phases as available with the complete system on line by Dec. 31, 2015. The applicant’s plan for sale of the electricity produced is to sell 100% to Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Power North Carolina under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement.

A developer contact is: Kenny Habul, Managing Member, Conetoe II Solar LLC, 192 Raceway Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117. 

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