837 MW of natural gas and solar generation came online in July

The 440-MW first phase of Portland General Electric‘s (NYSE:POR) Carty natural gas plant in Morrow County, Oregon was the largest generating facility to come online during July, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC’s Office of Energy Projects released its monthly Energy Infrastructure Update on Sept. 2.

In addition, Stillwater Power’s 55-MW natural gas-fired Stillwater Phase 2 Project in Payne County, Oklahoma, was deployed for a monthly total of 495 MW of natural gas power.

In addition, 333 MW of new solar generation was commissioned during July, according to the report. For the first seven months of 2016, a total of 11,765 MW of new power generation has been deployed. That’s well ahead of the pace for the first seven months of 2015, which amounted to 6,694 MW.

Two solar projects of at least 100 MW came online during July.

  • One was White Pine Solar LLC’s 101-MW White Pine Solar Project in Taylor County, Georgia. The solar facility has a long-term contract with Southern Co. (NYSE:SO) utility Georgia Power.
  • In addition, 62SK 8ME LLC’s 100-MW Springbok Solar Farm Phase 1 Project in Kern County, California is online. The power generated is sold to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) under long-term contract.

Other solar projects that came online during July included:

  • White Oak Solar LLC’s 76.5 MW White Oak Solar Project in Burke County, Georgia. The power generated is sold to Georgia Power under long-term contract.
  • Summer Solar LLC’s 25 MW Summer Solar of Lancaster Project in Los Angeles County, California. The power generated is sold to Southern California Public Power Authority under long-term contract.
  • First Solar Asset Management LLC’s 10.8 MW Rancho SECO Solar Phase 2 Expansion Project in Sacramento County, California.
  • Algonquin Power’s 10 MW Bakersfield Solar Phase 2 Expansion Project in Kern County, California. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) under long-term contract.
  • KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Co.’s 3 MW Greenwood (MO) Solar Phase 2 Expansion Project in Greenwood, Missouri.
  • SR Houston Holdings LLC’s 3 MW Houston Solar Project in Chickasaw County, Mississippi. The power generated is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority under long-term contract.

Every month the FERC project documents plants with nameplate capacity of 1 MW or greater.

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