LCRA works out interconnect deal for 180-MW Upco Power 1 solar project

Filed on Sept. 11 at the Public Utility Commission of Texas was a Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement between LCRA Transmission Services Corp. and Upco Power 1 LLC for a 180-MW (ac) solar project.

The project’s Point of Interconnection will be at the end of the LCRA’s new radial 138-kV line. Initially, this Point of Interconnection will be energized from a new temporary tap of LCRA’s 138-kV transmission line T452 located in Upton County, Texas. This temporary tap will ultimately be replaced by the new LCRA TSC Castillo Substation.

Said the SGIA: “The Plant is a solar generation facility with one Point of Interconnection to the grid. The nominal Plant rating will be approximately 180 MW of AC power (with a maximum rating of 183.3 MW) at the Point of Interconnection.” The project would be made up of 110 TMEIC Solar Ware Samurai solar inverters rated at 1.667 MW (1.83 MVA) each.

The project has a scheduled commercial operation date of Dec. 1, 2016.

A project contact is: Upco Power 1 LLC, Attn: Scott Pryor, 700 Lavaca St., Suite 1430, Austin, TX 78701, Phone (512) 919-4434, That is contact information for power project developer SunEdison.

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