PJM files wholesale deals for two solar projects of Indiana Michigan Power

PJM Interconnection filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 2 an executed Wholesale Market Participation Agreement with American Electric Power Service Corp., as agent for Indiana Michigan Power as both the solar project developer and the interconnecting transmission owner.

“PJM is submitting this Agreement for filing because the Wholesale Market Participant intends to engage in wholesale sales in the PJM markets from a generating facility connected to the Transmission Owner’s distribution facilities,” said PJM.

This project is under PJM Queue Position #Z2-116. It is the Twin Branch Solar Facility, located at 55891 Currant Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Maximum Facility Output is 2.6 MW. It is a ground-mounted, inverter-based, solar photovoltaic facility consisting of solar arrays and a 12 kV high side transformer. The Point of Interconnection with the transmission system is at Indiana Michigan Power’s Capital Avenue 138 kV Station.

On or before July 31, 2016, Indiana Michigan Power must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units at Twin Branch.

PJM on June 2 also filed with FERC a wholesale agreement with Indiana Michigan Power as both transmission owner and project developer under PJM Queue Position #Z2-114. This is for the Olive Solar Facility, located northwest of the Olive station at 32006 US Highway 20, New Carlisle, IN. Maximum Facility Output is 5 MW. It is a ground-mounted, inverter-based photovoltaic facility. On or before Dec. 1, 2016, Indiana Michigan Power must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), on June 1 held a groundbreaking ceremony for its first solar power plant in Michigan, on a 35-acre site just east of Watervliet. The Watervliet Solar Power Plant will have more than 50,000 solar panels and generate up to 4.6 MW.

The Watervliet plant is one of four solar power plants in I&M’s Clean Energy Solar Pilot Project. The Deer Creek plant near Marion, Ind., has been operational since late 2015. Construction has already begun at the Twin Branch and Olive plants, both in St. Joseph County, Indiana. All three of the Michiana solar plants will be generating energy by the end of 2016. Together, the four plants will have the capacity to generate about 15 MW. I&M said it will build upon the experience in generating solar energy and plants’ interconnection with the electric grid as the company looks to build additional solar plants in the future.

I&M contracted with First Solar Inc., a global leader in photovoltaic solar energy solutions, to build the three Michiana area plants.

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