Interconnect deal worked out for 100-MW Butler Solar project in Georgia

Southern Company Services, as agent for various Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) utility subsidiaries, on March 26 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Butler Solar LLC.

In March 2014, Butler Solar had submitted an interconnection request to Southern to interconnect a solar photovoltaic (PV), inverter-based generator array. This facility is to be located in Taylor County, Ga., and would have a nominal net capacity of 100 MW at the Point of Interconnection. It will interconnect into the Butler Substation. The target commercial operation date is Dec. 1, 2016.

A developer contact listed in the LGIA is: Eric Blank, Phone (303) 544-1900, Email:

That e-mail addess is for Community Energy Inc., which says on its website: “Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) was founded in 1999 to ignite the market for fuel-free energy and develop solar and wind generation. CEI built the voluntary market for renewable energy, spurring the demand for hundreds of megawatts of new wind generation with customer sign-ups ahead of state mandates, and continues to develop wind and solar generation at scale. Now a leading developer, CEI developed the high-profile 7.5 megawatt Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm in Atlantic City, NJ in 2005 and recently dedicated the largest solar project in Pennsylvania, the Keystone Project at 6 megawatts, each with the support of customers in the region.”

Said the website about Blank: “Eric Blank is an Executive Vice President and co-founder of CEI, and shares responsibility for overall strategic direction and executive management. He oversees project development, including project finance, project timelines and criteria, construction management, equity structures (passive tax equity), and construction.”

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