Tri-State works out deal on small solar project in West Virginia

Tri-State Solar/Wind Energy LLC on July 8 filed with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia a Joint Stipulation and Agreement for Settlement with PSC staff over its 5.3-MW solar project.

The Joint Stipulation resolves all of the issues in this proceeding, and recommends that the PSC grant Tri-State its requested electric generating facility siting certiticate and any and all other necessary approvals.

In September 2015, Tri-State filed an application for a siting certificate for a 5.3-MW solar facility to be located in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The electricity generated by the project will be sold in the competitive wholesale market in West Virginia and other locations. Since then, the company has gone around and around with PSC staff on just what in the way of supporting data and permits are needed in hand before a commission approval can be granted.

On June 28, Tri-State provided documentation from electric utility Appalachian Power that it was proceeding with a needed interconnection study along with PJM Interconnection. PSC staff confirmed that PJM did assign the project a queue number but was awaiting additional information from Tri-State before posting the prqject on its website. The project would include an approximate 1,200-foot, 34.5-kV (less than 200,000 volts) transmission support line, associated interconnection facilities, and other necessary appurtenances.

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