Windham Solar pursues several solar projects in Connecticut

The Connecticut Siting Council is reviewing a March 15 application from Windham Solar LLC for a declaratory ruling approving the construction and operation of its three 2-MW and one 1-MW solar photovoltaic facilities, to be located on commercially-zoned land at 1219 and 1240 Voluntown Road in the Town of Griswold, Connecticut.

Windham Solar was organized in 2014 by New-York based Allco Renewable Energy Limited for the purposes of developing, constructing, and operating solar facilities in Connecticut. Project development activities are supported by Ecos Energy LLC. Ecos, based in Minneapolis, Minn., has developed and managed the construction/operation of 28 MW of solar PV generation spread over 17 project sites nationwide.

The facilities are renewable energy generation facilities that will use PV solar modules to convert solar radiation to electricity. Each 2 MW facility will consist of approximately 6,790 solar modules and the 1-MW facility will consist of approximately 3,395 solar modules (based on a module rating of 345 watts). The solar modules will be supported above the ground by a steel and aluminum fixed-tilt racking system. The modules will be oriented directly due south at a tilt angle of approximately 15 degrees.

The solar modules will be wired in series strings of 18 modules per string. Strings will be connected to 1,000 kilowatt (kW) centralized solar inverters. The inverters alter the DC output of the solar modules to 390V three-phase alternating current (AC) output. Output from the inverters will feed into a step-up transformer services to increase the collected 390V three-phase AC output to 23 kV (or other, as required) for interconnection to Eversource’s distribution system.

Each facility is proposed to be interconnected to the Eversource electric distribution grid at an existing 23 kV overhead electric line located along Voluntown Road/CT Route 138.

A project contact is: Windham Solar LLC c/o Allco Renewable Energy Limited, ATTN: Michael Melone, 77 Water Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10005, phone (917) 328-2001, mjmelone@allcous.com.

Windham Solar also has a couple of other, very similar March 15 applications pending with the council:

  • Windham Solar is requesting that the council issue a declaratory ruling approving the construction and operation of two 1-MW and one 1.5-MW solar PV facilities, to be located on industrial and residential-zoned land at 91 Plainfield Pike Road in Plainfield, Conn. Each facility is proposed to be interconnected to the Eversource electric distribution grid at an existing 23 kV overhead electric line located along Plainfield Pike Road.
  • Windham Solar is seeking a declaratory ruling approving the construction and operation of three 2-MW and four 1-MW solar PV facilities, to be located on commercially-zoned land located near 390 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, Conn. Each facility is proposed to be interconnected to the Eversource electric distribution grid at an existing 23 kV overhead electric line located along Hartford Turnpike, also known as CT RT 138.
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