Orion Solar works with PJM on several projects in Pennsylvania

Orion Solar Northeast LLC has proposed a solar project located near the intersection of Johnson’s Lane and Charlestown Rd, Peters Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

PJM Interconnection, in a March 2016 study on the project, added that the installed facilities will have a total capability of 20 MW with 7.6 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity.

The proposed in-service date for this project is June 30, 2017. This study does not imply a West Penn Power commitment to this in-service date. For this project, which is under PJM queue #AB1-126, the connection from the West Penn Power distribution system to Orion’s facilities will be provided by tapping the nearby McConnellsburg–Mercersburg 34.5-kV line and constructing a radial attachment connection line to the Point of Interconnection.

The intent of this Combined Feasibility/System Impact Study is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by the project developer. It is a mid-point in the queue process.

PJM issued other such studies also dated March 2016 for projects from this same company:

  • Orion Solar Northeast has proposed a facility located about 1/2 mile north of Grapevine Road between Barnes Rd and St. Thomas Williamson Road, St. Thomas Township, Franklin County, Pa. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 20 MW with 7.6 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is June 30, 2017. This study does not imply a West Penn Power commitment to this in-service date. For this AB1-127 project, the connection from the West Penn Power distribution system to Orion’s facilities will be provided by tapping the nearby St. Thomas-Guilford 34.5 kV line and constructing a radial attachment connection line to the Point of Interconnection.
  • Orion Solar Northeast has proposed a facility located near the intersection of Brands Church Road and Pioneer Drive in St. Thomas Township, Franklin County, Pa. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 20 MW with 7.6 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is June 30, 2017. This study does not imply a West Penn Power commitment to this in-service date. For this AB1-128 project, the connection from the West Penn Power distribution system to Orion’s facilities will be provided by tapping the nearby Guilford-McConnellsburg-Mercersburg 34.5 kV line, approximately 0.75 miles from the Saint Thomas substation, and constructing a radial attachment connection line to the Point of Interconnection.
  • Orion Solar Northeast has proposed a project located near the intersection of Woods and Lamar Rd., Peters Township, Franklin County, Pa. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 15 MW with 5.7 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is June 30, 2017. This study does not imply a West Penn Power commitment to this in-service date. For this AB1-129 project, the connection from the West Penn Power distribution system to Orion’s facilities will be provided by tapping the nearby Mercersburg–Milnor 34.5-kV line and constructing a radial attachment connection. line to the Point of Interconnection.
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