South Plains files EWG notice for 300-MW wind project in Texas

South Plains Wind Energy II LLC, which is developing a 300-MW project in Texas, on Feb. 8 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification that it is an exempt wholesale generator.

South Plains is a wholly owned subsidiary of Terra Nova Renewable Partners LLC, which is indirectly owned by SunEdison and an infrastructure investment fund.

South Plains is constructing and will own a 300 MW (ac nameplate) wind facility to be located east of the Town of Lockney in Floyd County, Texas. The facility will include up to ninety-one turbines, and interconnection facilities, including, except to the extent owned by a third party, a 345-kV generator tie line, a 34.5 kV-345 kV transformer, and related systems needed to interconnect the facility with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas system through facilities that will be owned and operated by Sharyland Utilities LP. South Plains will sell electric capacity and energy produced at the facility at wholesale.

South Plains also filed on Feb. 1 with the Public Utility Commission of Texas as a new power generator. Said that filing about the company’s purpose: “South Plains Wind Energy II, LLC will provide electricity to the ERCOT wholesale electric market.”

SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) had announced in August 2015 that it had closed financing and begun construction on one of its largest wind farms to date, the 300-MW South Plains II wind farm. The project is being built by Mortenson Construction, one of the nation’s top wind farm builders, and the wind turbines are being supplied by Vestas. Construction is targeted for completion in 2016.

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