200-MW South Plains Wind project in Texas due to go commercial in October

South Plains Wind Energy LLC filed on Aug. 7 at the Public Utility Commission of Texas its registration as a generator of renewable energy credits related to its 200-MW wind project in Floyd County, Texas.

It said the project is due for commercial operation in October of this year. The filing said the project is made up of 100 Vestas 2-MW wind turbines.

A project contact listed in the filing is: Rob Robertson, Director of Regulatory Compliance, rrobertson@sunedison.com, 617-960-9509 (office), 617-947-8144.

Another contact is: Don Theriault Sr., Manager, Energy Management Services, SunEdison Inc., 179 Lincoln Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02111.

South Plains Wind Energy LLC had also applied July 31 to the Texas commission for approval of three parties to take passive equity interests in the company. They are Morgan Stanley Wind LLCGoldman Sachs & Co., and Bankers Commercial Corp. The deals for them to take stakes in the company are due to close around the time this 200-MW wind project reaches commercial operation. The project is within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region and would interconnect with Sharyland Utilities LPSunEdison Utility Holdings Inc. currently, indirectly owns 100% of the equity interests in South Plains Wind Energy LLC. The outside investors will get Class A passive interests, while SunEdison would retain the Class B controlling interests.

In the meantime, SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) announced Aug. 5 that it has begun construction the 300-MW South Plains II wind farm in Floyd County. Construction is targeted for completion in 2016.  Sharyland Utilities on April 15 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a Generation Interconnection Agreement with South Plains Wind Energy II LLC for this 300-MW project. This project, made up of 91 Vestas V117-3.3 MW wind turbines, would have a Point of Interconnection at Sharyland’s White River Substation in Floyd County.

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