PJM working on interconnect for 80-MW Conetoe II Solar project in North Carolina

A September 2015 Facilities Study from PJM Interconnection covers a Conetoe II Solar  LLC request to interconnect an 80-MW solar project in North Carolina to the Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power system.

This study is an interim step in the process of working out an Interconnection Service Agreement for this project.

Conetoie II Solar has proposed a generating facility located at NC Hwy 42 East in Conetoe, N.C. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 80 MW with 56 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is Oct. 31, 2015. “This study does not imply a [Dominion] commitment to this in-service date,” said the study.

The Point of Interconnection for this project, under PJM queue numbers Z2-088 and AA1-050 will be the Tarboro–Everetts 230-kV line at the new Chinquapin station. This new 230-kV switching station is physically located in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Feb. 25 approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction by Conetoe II Solar of an 80-MW (ac) photovoltaic facility in Edgecombe and Pitt counties, North Carolina. The company had in October 2014 applied for this certificate, saying it plans to sell the project output to Dominion North Carolina Power. The project site is bounded on the north by Leigh Road, the south at WC Cobb Road, the west by Ellis Road and the east at Thigpen Road and NC Highway 42 at Conetoe, N.C.

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