Interconnect worked out for 50-MW SolaireHolman solar project in Texas

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas North Co., on Nov. 10 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a fully executed ERCOT standard generation interconnection agreement with SolaireHolman 1 LLC for a 50-MW solar project.

The agreement provides for the electrical interconnection of a planned 50-MW solar plant. SolaireHolman’s Lasso Substation will be located in Brewster County, Texas, approximately 0.08 mile southeast of the Alpine-to-Fort Stockton 69-kV transmission line. The temporary Point of Interconnection will be located at the jumper connection between the existing Alpine-to-Fort Stockton 69-kV transmission line and SolaireHolman’s 69-kV transmission line. The permanent Point of Interconnection will be located at the dead-end structure inside the AEP Texas Bronco Station that terminates SolaireHolman’s 69-kV transmission line from the new substation.

The SolaireHolman facilities are scheduled to achieve commercial operation within sixteen months of the date that all applicable conditions under Sections 4.2 and 4.3 of Exhibit “A” to the agreement have been satisfied.

The project contact information in the agreement is for a San Francisco office of Solairedirect North America: Billy Owens, 949-433-4049,

The company website said that Solairedirect is based in France and operates across four continents. The company was founded in 2006 to make solar power more competitive than other energy sources. “Solairedirect’s ambition is to take a leading role in establishing the Solar PV industry in USA and applying the same integrated business model as successfully done in Solairdirect’s subsidiaries,” said the website. “Solairedirect is initially focusing its development in California and Texas for their high irradiation levels, making solar PV already competitive or about to reach grid parity. Solairedirect is focusing on utility-scale ground-mounted PV plants ranging from 10MW to 100MW per installation. This kind of plants is large enough to allow for an efficient financing and at the same time optimized permitting and interconnection processes.”

Incidentally, a copy of the interconnection agreement was also filed on Nov. 10 with the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

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