165-MW Cameron Wind I project in Texas due for commercial ops in Q4 2015

Cameron Wind I LLC, which is developing a 165-MW project in Texas that is due for operation late this year, on May 1 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator.

Cameron Wind I is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC. Apex develops, constructs, owns and operates utility-scale renewable energy facilities and assets across the United States.

Cameron Wind I owns and will operate an approximately 165-MW wind facility currently being constructed in Cameron County, Texas. The facility will be comprised of approximately 55 Acciona 3.0 MW wind turbine generators and other associated generation assets. The turbines will be connected to the facility’s 34.5-kV collector system that will aggregate the energy from the turbines to a collector substation. The 34.5-kV portion of the collector substation will include circuit breakers for each collector system circuit along with isolating disconnect switches, bus, steel, insulators, lightning arrestors, foundations, and a capacitor bank system complete with switches and breakers.

The collection substation of the Facility will include a 34.5-kV to 138-kV step-up transformer and a control building with electronic control devices for protection and control, and other associated interconnection and communication assets. The 138-kV portion of the substation will include a circuit breaker, switches, arrestors, metering equipment, and a dead-end structure with connection to a 138-kV radial line of approximately 100 feet connecting to the adjacent transmission system. The facility will interconnect with the transmission system owned by South Texas Electric Cooperative. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) oversees the electric operation of the South Texas Electric Cooperative system.

Cameron Wind I is projecting that the facility will commence commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2015.

All of the output of the facility will be sold into the ERCOT market or sold under other transaction arrangements, including energy, capacity and ancillary services (all exclusively at wholesale). Cameron Wind I may also participate in other ERCOT-administered markets.

During the development phase prior to this filing, Apex entered into an agreement whereby upon commercial operation of the facility, Apex will transfer its ownership of Cameron Wind I to IKEA Energy US LLC, an affiliate company of home furnishings retailer Ikea USA. Ikea Energy invests in renewable energy that contributes to the Ikea group of companies’ goal to generate renewable energy. Cameron Wind I has a contractual arrangement with an Apex affiliate to manage and operate the facility on behalf of Cameron Wind I after the sale deal is closed.

Project contacts are: Cliff Moorman and Steven Hollingsworth, Cameron Wind I LLC
 c/o Apex Clean Energy.
310 4th St. NE, Ste 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902, Phone: (434) 220-7595, 
Fax: (434) 220-3712
, cliff.moorman@apexcleanenergy.com, steven.hollingsworth@apexcleanenergy.com.

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