RES Americas unit pursues 22-MW solar project in Connecticut

Woods Hill Solar LLC has proposed the installation of a 22 MW (dc) / 17.61 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system in the Town of Pomfret, Connecticut.

The Connecticut Siting Council is currently reviewing a March 31 application for project approval. The council on April 25 asked the company for more project details, with a response deadline of May 5.

The project is proposed to be located at 90 Woods Hill Road and 101 Woods Hill Road. Combined, the two parcels encompass approximately 228 acres. As proposed, the limit of work of the proposed project will occupy approximately 102 acres of the 228-acre project site (42.78 acres of Parcel A and 59.67 acres of Parcel B).

Woods Hill Solar was organized in 2016 for the purposes of developing, constructing and operating this project. Woods Hill Solar is a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas). As one of the top renewable energy companies in North America, RES Americas provides services in development, engineering, construction, and operations in the large-scale wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage industries. RES has been developing solar projects in Connecticut since June 2014.

The Woods Hill Solar Project site consists of undeveloped rural land that is currently farmed for hay and corn and some wooded areas. RES has worked with the landowners on the project since 2014 and has secured the land through an Option to Purchase for Parcel A and an Option to Lease for Parcel B.

The total estimated cost of the project includes:

  • Materials and equipment costs (approximate): $15 million;
  • Project construction labor costs (approximate): $17 million; and
  • Other business costs and overhead (approximate): $3 million.

Construction of the project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2016 with mobilization of equipment and land clearing efforts. Further site work and land preparation is expected to be completed by late Fall 2016 with construction and installation efforts for the array equipment completed at the end of Fall 2016. Final site stabilization, testing, and commissioning is expected to be completed by late 2016. 

A subsurface conduit will convey power from the solar array to the interconnection point located along Woods Hill Road, to be determined by Eversource. A distribution interconnection request was filed with Eversource in February 2015. The point of interconnection will be located at the Tracy Road substation five miles northeast of the project site. The impact study was completed in September 2015. The facility study is anticipated to be completed in April 2016.

A project contact is: Daniel Boyd, RES America Developments Inc., 455 Boston Post Road, Suite 206, Old Saybrook, CT 06475, (860) 287-5389 (mobile), (631) 651-6515 (office), Dan.Boyd@res-americas.com.

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