NextEra’s River Bend Solar files EWG notice for 75-MW project in Alabama

River Bend Solar LLC, which is developing a 75-MW project in Alabama, on May 9 filed a notice of self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator.

Applicant is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of ESI Energy LLC, which in turn is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

River Bend will own and operate a photovoltaic facility with 75 MW of aggregate nameplate capacity, located in Lauderdale County, Alabama. The facility will operate within the Tennessee Valley Authority balancing authority area, and interconnect with TVA, said the EWG notice.

In November 2015, TVA issued a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact on its proposed purchase of power from the River Bend Solar Project. The project would occupy approximately 645 acres in Lauderdale County, Alabama, about five miles west-northwest of Florence. The facility would be connected to TVA’s existing Colbert Fossil Plant–Selmer 161-kV transmission line adjacent to the solar farm site.

The November 2015 TVA documents said that River Bend Solar planned to begin construction by early 2016 and complete construction and begin commercial operation by the end of 2016.

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