Invenergy kicks off New York review of 126-MW wind/solar project

Invenergy LLC on May 27 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan for the Number Three Wind Farm project, which is a proposed 126-MW wind and solar facility to be located in Lewis County.

The project will be owned and developed by Number Three Wind LLC (NTW), an affiliate of Invenergy. NTW has submitted an interconnection request, and the New York ISO is performing an interconnection feasibility study for the project.

Under Article 10 of the Public Service Law, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment requires an applicant proposing to construct a major generating facility to submit a PIP plan for review by the Department of Public Service (DPS) at least 150 days prior to filing a Preliminary Scoping Statement. The May 27 filing was the project’s preliminary PIP plan for review by the DPS.

Invenergy is a utility-scale power producer developing, constructing, and operating renewable energy projects in the New York State energy market. Invenergy has developed over 60 wind farms in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including these three New York wind farms:

  • High Sheldon Wind Farm, 75 turbines in the Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, NY.
  • Orangeville Wind Farm, 58 turbines in the Town of Orangeville, Wyoming County, NY.
  • Marsh Hill Wind Farm, 10 turbines in the Town of Jasper, Steuben County, NY.

NTW intends to construct, own, operate, and maintain all components of theproject, except for the interconnection switchyard which will be constructed by NTW and then transferred to National Grid, which will own, operate, and maintain the switchyard.

NTW is planning the project to have a maximum generating capability of 126 MW from 35-50 wind turbines and 100 acres of photovoltaic solar panels located on land leased from owners of private property located in the Towns of Harrisburg, Lowville, and Denmark in Lewis County. Project facilities will include commercial-scale wind turbines, solar panels mounted on metal frames, access roads, buried and overhead electric collection lines, a project substation, meteorological towers, an operation and maintenance (O&M) building, and electrical interconnection facilities.

NTW anticipates the interconnection facilities will include an overhead 115-kV interconnection line approximately five miles long from a project substation to a new 115-kV switchyard in the Town of Lowville.

NTW expects the project will operate at an annual net capacity factor (NCF) of 32%. This means the project, if built at the maximum expected generating capacity of 126 MW, would generate approximately 352,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy per year.

In the summer of 2016, NTW will present project details at regularly-scheduled monthly board meetings of the local town and village boards. NTW will also request to present the project to the County Board of Legislatures at one of its regularly-scheduled meetings.

NTW will also hold two open house-style public meetings with representatives of NTW’s development team participating. The meetings will feature a brief PowerPoint presentation and poster displays on the project. A project website will also be established.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.