Plenty of wind, solar projects deployed during August

A slew of utility-scale wind power and solar energy projects were commissioned during the month of August, according to a monthly update issued Sept. 23 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In fact wind and solar accounted for virtually all of the new power capacity brought online during August according to the Energy Infrastructure Update from the FERC Office of Energy Projects.

The FERC infrastructure report indicates there was 487 MW of new generation capacity brought online during August. There was slightly more wind capacity (249 MW) deployed as compared to solar (238 MW).

There were no conventional power plants (gas, coal or nuclear) brought online during August.

Wind installation for the first eight months of 2015 amounts to 2,368 MW, which is well ahead of the 1,405 MW installed during the same period in 2014. Solar, at 1,034 MW so far in 2015, is well behind its 2014 pace of 1,753 MW, according to the FERC data.

Natural gas plant installation so far in 2015 is at 2,524 MW, which is far behind the same point in 2014 when the figure was 5,693 MW.

Total power generating capacity installed during the first eight months of 2015 amounts to 6,211 MW, far short of the 9,526 MW installed through August of 2014, according to the data.

The largest power project brought into commercial service during August 2015 was the 150-MW Green Pastures Wind Phase 1 in Knox County, Texas.

Here’s a rundown of the other projects that went online during August:

Rising Tree Wind Farm III LLC’s 99 MW Rising Tree Wind Farm Phase 3 Project in Kern County, CA is online. Rising Tree Wind Farm now has 198 MW of total capacity. The power generated is sold to Edison International (NYSE:EIX) utility Southern California Edison under long-term contract.

North Star Solar LLC’s 62.5 MW North Star Solar Phase 1 Project in Fresno County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under long-term contract.

Solar Star California XIX LLC’s 85 MW Antelope Valley I Solar Phase 6 Project in Kern County, CA is online. Antelope Valley I now has 310 MW of total capacity. The power generated is sold to Southern California Edison under long-term contract.

Solar Star California XX LLC’s 43 MW Solar Star II Phase 6 Project in Kern County, CA is online. Solar Star II now has 276 MW in total capacity. The power generated is sold to Southern California Edison Co. under long-term contract.

BNB Texas Solar LLC’s 30 MW Barilla Solar Phase 3 Project in Pecos County, Texas is online. Barilla Solar now has 80 MW of total capacity.

Victor Dry Farm Ranch A LLC’s 5 MW Victor Dry Farm Ranch A Solar Project in San Bernardino County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Southern California Edison. under long-term contract.

Victor Dry Farm Ranch B’s 5 MW Victor Dry Farm Ranch B Solar Project in San Bernardino County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Southern California Edison under long-term contract.

Indiana Municipal Power Agency’s 3 MW Peru Solar Farm in Miami County, IN is online.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.