Tri-State files more detailed app on solar project in West Virginia

Tri-State Solar/Wind Energy LLC, at the urging of the West Virginia Public Service Commission, on Dec. 23 filed a more complete application with the commission for a siting certificate on a 5.3 MW (ac) solar facility located in Crawley, east of Sam Black Church Road and North of Grey Gables Road, in Greenbrier County.

The proposed facility will be constructed and operated by Tri-State as an exempt wholesale generator. It would be interconnected with Appalachian Power distribution infrastructure to facilitate the movement of power generated from the facility through PJM Interconnection’s regional transmission networked marketplace, or to sell power through a power purchase agreement (PPA). The project location was selected due to it’s proximity to a 34.5-kV distribution line.

The West Virginia commission on Nov. 25 ordered Tri-State to file a complete application for a siting certificate or request a waiver of information required in the application process that is not being filed. On Sept. 22, Tri-State filed an application for a siting certificate for this project. PSC staff identified various areas in which the application was deficient, including but not limited to required government permits, interconnection studies, maps and site information, environmental data, and cultural impact.

Tri-State said in the Sept. 22 application that it is owned by Carl N. Graybeal and James Solano. The facility will be constructed by STF Group Inc.

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