Big Level Wind pursues at PJM a 70-MW project in Pennsylvania

Big Level Wind LLC has proposed the addition of 70 MW of wind generation with 19% (13.3 MW) capacity to the Potter–Niles Valley 115-kV circuit between the Gold and Sabinsville substations, approximately five miles from the Gold substation, said an August 2015 Facility Study on the project from PJM Interconnection.

This project is located in north-central Pennsylvania in Potter County. The facility will interconnect with Pennsylvania Electric, a FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) company, at a new three-breaker ring bus-configured switching station. This is a 70-MW Maximum Facility Output (MFO) wind farm, consisting of 35 Gamesa G90 2.0 MW wind turbines.

The developer’s requested Commercial Operation Date (COD) for the generation facility is Dec. 30, 2017. Pennsylvania Electric’s proposed schedule might not match the developer’s requested schedule, the study noted.

A map contained in the study shows Eolian Renewable Energy as being involved in this project. Eolian is a New Hampshire-based company involved in wind project development, with its website showing no current project in Pennsylvania. The Eolian logo in the PJM study map matches that of the logo on the company’s website.

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