PJM issues study on 208-MW Tihali Wind project in Pennsylvania

PJM Interconnection has issued a Facility Study Report, dated June 2016, for queue #AA1-103, which is a Tihali Wind Turbines LLC request to interconnect a 208.5 MW (27 MW Capacity) wind farm in Pennsylvania.

At peak output the turbines will produce 212.5 MW. However, the collector system and generation tie-in absorb 4.25 MW of the output in the delivery of the power to the Point of Interconnection (POI). The project site is located north of Highway 54 and south of Quakake Road in Carbon County, Pa. The commercial operation target was June 1, 2016. This study is a mid-point in the queue process.

The AA1-103 project is located southwest of the Harwood-East Palmerton and Harwood-Siegfried double-circuit 230-kV lines. The wind facilities are assumed to be located approximately five miles from the existing transmission lines. In order to interconnect with the PPL Electric Utilities transmission system, a new 230-kV switchyard will be required.

Tihali Wind Turbines has elected that the AA1-103 project be studied under the interconnection scenario of tying into the Harwood-Siegfried 230-kV line. A cost estimate for this interconnection and any required system reinforcements are provided. At this time, Tihali Wind Turbines has not yet elected the option to build either the interconnection switchyard or the generator lead line. This study includes the scope and cost estimate for the design and construction work for the interconnection switchyard, the transmission tie into the interconnection switchyard, and the generator lead line, and the right-of-way for the generator lead line.

The wind project consists of 39 General Electric 2.5XL wind turbines and 50 Siemens SWT-2.3 wind turbines.

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