PJM works on interconnection of 80-MW Aulander Earleys Solar project in N.C.

PJM Interconnection has worked out a System Impact Study, dated September 2015, on a request from Aulander Earleys Solar LLC to interconnect an 80-MW solar project to the Virginia Electric and Power Co. (VEPCO) system.

The intent of the System Impact Study 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 the project developer.

The project is to be located in Aulander in Bertie 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 #AA1-135, will interconnect with the VEPCO transmission system via a new three breaker ring bus switching station that connects on the Earleys–Everetts 230-kV line.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on June 17 approved a March 10 application from Aulander Earleys Solar for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of this 80-MW (ac) photovoltaic facility to be located at 717C Roquist Pocosin Road in Bertie County. The applicant plans to sell this electricity to Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power (DNCP), or to other wholesale or retail customers where allowed. The facility is projected to come online in phases with the complete system online by January 2016.

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

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