MISO files interconnect for Duke’s Crane solar project in Indiana

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 11 an unexecuted Generator Interconnection Agreement with Duke Energy Indiana as both the developer of and interconnecting transmission owner for a 17.25-MW (net) solar project.

MISO has designated this project as Project No. J453 in its interconnection queue. This facility will be composed of eight photovoltaic arrays of SMA SC2200-US units, each rated at 2.2 MW, but configured to be limited at 2.156 MW. Interconnection service provided under this agreement is 17.25 MW of ERIS.

Duke will install a switchyard with the appropriate protection equipment, which will contain one generator step-up transformer(s), and one low side circuit breakers connected in series fashion. The Point of Interconnection (POI) will be at the point where the lead line from the generating facility lands on the 69-kV bus at Duke’s Crane Solar Substation.

Under the GIA, the targeted commercial operation date for this project is Feb. 8, 2017.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on July 6 approved an application from Duke Energy Indiana for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Crane Solar Facility. Duke would construct the facility on land leased from the Naval Support Activity Crane (NSA Crane) base. The project will be approximately 17 MW (ac)/24 MW (dc) in size.

Duke Energy Indiana is a unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK). Duke noted in a July 7 statement that this project will be the second-largest solar power plant in the state of Indiana, and the largest on the Duke Energy Indiana system. Duke said construction will begin this month, with installation of approximately 76,000 solar panels.

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