Tri-State Solar/Wind Energy LLC applied Sept. 22 at the West Virginia Public Service Commission for a Siting Certificate to authorize the construction and operation of a solar facility in Greenbrier County.
The applicant company is owned by Carl N. Graybeal and James Solano. The company proposes to construct a 5.2 MW to 5.5 MW (dc) solar photovoltaic facility on Sam Black Church Road at Crawley, W.Va. The proposed generating facility will be constructed by STF Group Inc. and operated by Tri-State Solar/Wind Energy as an exempt wholesale generator. It would be interconnected with the Appalachian Power distribution infrastructure, which is part of the PJM Interconnection regional transmission marketplace.
The project location was selected due to it’s proximity to a 34.5 kV distribution line, the application noted. The adjacent distribution infrastructure is capable of accepting the plant’s output with minimal modifications and avoids siting new transmission or distribution lines. Additional selection criteria include existing level grading with minimal clearing required and site access opportunities from both Sam Black Church Road and Grey Gables Road.
“The approval of the proposed solar plant at this site will satisfy requirements to West Virginia code 24-2F-1, Alternate and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard,” the application said. “The construction of the proposed solar PV generating facility will bring price-stabilized, clean energy to the region, avoiding the development of fossil fuel-fired generation facilities. The development of this facility will significantly reduce or eliminate the long term risk, liability and environmental impact of power generation in the region and on surrounding communities.”