Hobbsville Solar makes progress at PJM on 80-MW project in North Carolina

PJM Interconnection has issued a System Impact Study covering an application by Hobbsville Solar LLC to interconnect an 80-MW (ac) solar project to the Virginia Electric and Power Co. (VEPCO) system.

The intent of the System Impact Study, dated September 2015, is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation project to the PJM network at a location specified by Hobbsville Solar.

This solar facility would be located at Sandy Cross Road and Acorn Hill Road in Hobbsville in Gates County, 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 was Oct. 31, 2015. This study does not imply a VEPCO commitment to this in-service date. This project, under queue #AA1-134, will interconnect with the VEPCO transmission system via a new three breaker ring bus switching station that connects on the Sunbury-Winfall 230-kV line.

On Aug. 31, the North Carolina Utilities Commission approved a May 28 application from Hobbsville Solar for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on this project. The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power (DNCP) or to other wholesale or retail customers where allowed. The facility was projected in the May 28 application to come online in phases with the complete system online by March 31, 2016.

A project contact is: Hobbsville Solar LLC, Attn: Kenny Habul, 192 Raceway Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117, Phone: (704) 662-0375, legal@sunenergy1.com.

PJM on July 27 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an Interim Interconnection Service Agreement for the Hobbsville Solar project. Under the Interim ISA, by Aug. 30, 2016, Hobbsville Solar needs to complete its needed facilities to support project energization.

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