Interconnect deal filed for 250-MW Apex Clean Energy wind project in Texas

A Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement, dated July 17 and covering a 250-MW wind project, was filed on July 27 by Electric Transmission Texas LLC at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

The agreement is with Chapman Ranch Wind I LLC. The developer’s Chapman Ranch Substation will be located in Nueces County approximately 16 miles east of Bishop, Texas. Once the facilities are completed and energized, the Point of Interconnection will be located approximately 6.3 miles from the Nelson Sharpe Station at the dead-end structure on the end of the radial Nelson Sharpe 138-kV transmission line that terminates Chapman Ranch Wind I’s 138-kV transmission line from the substation.

This will be a nominal 250-MW facility comprised of 125 units at 2 MW each. Those units are the Vestas V 110 2-MW wind turbines. The agreement doesn’t have a specific commercial operation target date, saying only that this will be 14 months after certain conditions in the agreement are met.

Project contact information is: Chapman Ranch Wind I LLC, Attn: Bill Pezalla, 310 4th St. NE, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902, 24 Hour Phone: 434-328-2305, Bill.pezalla@apexcleanenergy.com.

That is contact information for Apex Clean Energy, which says about this project on a website dedicated to the project: “If built, Chapman Ranch will have a capacity of up to 249 MW, producing enough energy to power more than 92,000 homes every year. Representing a private investment well in excess of $300 million, Chapman Ranch Wind will benefit the economy of Nueces County in the near-term with construction jobs and local purchasing of materials and services.  In the long-term, the project promises to bring sustained tax revenue to the County for the local government and schools, as well as 25 years of local purchasing, employment and investment.”

The website added: “Apex is hopeful that Chapman Ranch Wind will be on track to begin construction in 2015 or 2016.”

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