Aiya Solar works out interconnect for 100-MW Nevada project

Nevada Power d/b/a NV Energy filed on Feb. 25 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Aiya Solar Project LLC that offers Aiya Solar Project the opportunity to obtain interim interconnection service for a 100-MW solar photovoltaic project.

Nevada Power noted that this project is within a cluster of projects that will interconnect around the same location. “To accommodate all of the interconnection requests in the cluster, significant network upgrades are required. The upgrades include the implementation of the Harry Allen Remedial Action Scheme (RAS); installation of 1.15 miles of 3-636 ACSS ROOK conductor on the Garces-Mayfair 69 kV Line using existing poles; rebuilding the existing 1.58 miles of the Miller–NVL 69 kV Line; installing a new Pecos Bank 230/138 kV transformer at the Pecos Substation. The total estimated cost of the cluster upgrades is $14,425,000 of which Aiya Solar Project, LLC will pay it’s pro rata share of the upgrades. Given the extensive nature of the upgrades, it is anticipated that the upgrades will be completed in December 2016.”

The Point of Interconnection will be at the point where the Aiya’s 230 kV line from its plant intersects Nevada Power’s existing Reid Gardner Substation.

A project contact is: Aiya Solar Project LLC, Attention: Jim Filippi, Director, Transmission and Interconnection, 135 Main Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone 415-935-2498, Fax 415-894-6217, Jim.Filippi@firstsolar.com.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies, said in November 2014 that it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on this project. The Aiya Solar Project is to be located on the Moapa River Indian Reservation and a transmission line located on tribal lands, private lands and federal lands administered and managed by BLM in Clark County, Nevada.

The project developer is a subsidiary of First Solar Inc. and the project is an up-to-100-MW (ac) facility located entirely on the Moapa River Indian Reservation and specifically on lands held in trust by BIA for the Moapa Band. The proposed 230-kV generation-tie transmission line required for interconnection may be located on Tribal lands, private lands and/or federal lands administered and managed by BLM. First Solar has accordingly requested that the BIA and BLM additionally approve right-of-ways (ROWs) authorizing the construction and operation of the transmission line. The project is expected to be built in one phase of up to 100 MW, per the demand of potential off-takers or utilities.

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