FERC accepts market authority for 100-MW North Star Solar project in Minnesota

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug,. 18 accepted a June 23 application from North Star Solar PV LLC for market-based rate authority for an approximately 100 MW (ac) (nameplate) solar facility located near the city of North Branch in Chisago County, Minnesota.

The company also owns certain transmission facilities necessary to interconnect the solar project to the Chisago Substation, which is the facility’s point of interconnection with the transmission system owned by Northern States Power, within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator balancing authority area.

The output of the facility is fully committed under a long-term power purchase agreement with Northern States Power expiring in 2042. North Star Solar PV said it expects to energize the facility during the third quarter of 2016 and to place it into commercial operation during the fourth quarter of 2016.

A company contact is: Nathan Thomas, Chief Compliance Officer, The D. E. Shaw Group, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10036, Tel: (212) 478-0000, regulatory@deshaw.com.

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