Wind, solar installation gets off to strong start in January

Just as 2014 was a big year for the renewable energy sector when it comes to installation of new generating capacity, wind and solar reported another big month in January 2015.

There was one new natural gas-fueled power facility that came online during January, but otherwise renewables dominated the landscape, according to a just-released report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

FERC’s Office of Energy Projects released its latest Energy Infrastructure Update on Feb. 23.

The monthly report shows that Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s 90 MW natural gas-fired Lonesome Creek Station Phase II expansion project in McKenzie County, ND is now online. Lonesome Creek now has a total capacity of 132 MW.

But aside from Lonesome Creek, wind and solar dominated the landscape. Here is a rundown of the renewable projects:

•ALLETE (NYSE:ALE)’s 204 MW Bison Wind Phase IV expansion project in Oliver County, ND is online. Bison Wind now has a total capacity of 496 MW, making it the largest wind project in North Dakota. The power generated is sold to Minnesota Power under long-term contract.

Keechi Wind LLC’s 110 MW Keechi Wind project in Jack County, Texas is online. The power generated is sold to Microsoft under long-term contract.

Akuo Energy USA Inc.’s 95 MW Rocksprings Wind in Val Verde County, Texas is online.

Four Mile Wind’s 40 MW Four Mile Ridge Wind project in Garrett County, MD is online. The power generated is sold to Delmarva Power & Light Co. under long-term contract.

Headwaters Wind Farm LLC’s 200 MW Headwaters Wind project in Rudolph County, IN is online. The power generated is sold to American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) utility subsidiary Indian Michigan Power under long-term contract.

Consolidated Edison Development’s 19.5 MW Oak Tree Energy Wind project in Clark County, SD is online. The power generated is sold to NorthWestern Energy South Dakota under long-term contract.

BNB Texas Solar LLC’s 32 MW Barilla Solar Phase II project in Pecos County, Texas is online. Barilla Solar now has a total capacity of 50 MW.

Dominion Resources (NYSE:D)’s 20 MW RE Kansas Solar project in Kings County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. under long-term contract.

NJR Clean Energy Ventures’ 10 MW Howell Solar project in Monmouth County, NJ is online.

• Forever 21 Clothing’s 5 MW Forever 21 Solar project in Los Angeles County, CA is online. Forever 21 Solar is now the largest single-rooftop solar power system in Los Angeles County and the third-largest in California.

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