PJM files interim interconnect deal for 20-MW Chesapeake Solar project

PJM Interconnection on May 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Interim Interconnection Service Agreement with Chesapeake Solar LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Virginia Electric and Power.

This project is under PJM Queue Position #AA2-180. The Chesapeake Solar project is to be located at Hwy 17 and Ballahack Road, Chesapeake, Va. The Maximum Facility Output is 20 MW (ac).

Under this deal, by Sept. 1, 2016, Virginia Electric and Power must complete all engineering activities associated with a network upgrade to support this project, and must by Dec. 31, 2016, complete facilities to support backfeed power and commercial operation. By Dec. 1, 2016, Chesapeake Solar must complete work on its own interconnection facilities.

A developer contact listed in the filing is: Kenny Habul, Manager, Chesapeake Solar LLC, 192 Raceway Drive, Mooresville, NC 28177.

Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power said Feb. 8 that it is partnering with SunEnergy1 to install 91,803 solar panels at a 20-MW solar farm in Chesapeake, Va. SunEnergy1 will lease the 250-acre site, located off Ballahack Road and U.S. Highway 17. Dominion Virginia Power, a unit of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), will purchase the output of the facility, including energy, capacity and renewable energy credits, under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Commercial operations are expected to begin later this year.

“At SunEnergy1, we design and construct solar facilities with first class quality and unmatched reliability,” said Kenny Habul, SunEnergy1 president and CEO, in the Feb. 8 announcement. “We are proud to partner with Dominion to bring new solar solutions to Virginia.”

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