More than 700 MW of wind and solar deployed during August, FERC reports

More than 700 MW of new wind power and solar energy generating capacity came online during August, according to a monthly update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects reported that 408 MW of new wind power and 313 MW of new solar capacity were commissioned during August.

No coal, nuclear or natural gas projects started commercial operation during August, according to the monthly update.

During the first eight months of 2016, a total of 11,927 MW new generation capacity has been commissioned. That’s more than the first eight months of 2015 when 9,641 MW were installed.

Two new 200-MW wind power plants were brought online, one in Texas and another in Minnesota, according to the monthly report.

The Los Vientos Windpower IV LLC’s 200-MW Los Vientos Windpower Phase 2 Expansion Project in Starr County, Texas is online, the FERC report notes. The power generated by the project will be sold to Austin Energy.

In addition, the Odell Wind Farm LLC’s 200 MW Odell Wind Farm Project in Jackson County, MN is online. The power generated is sold to Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) under long-term contract.

Other renewable projects that started commercial operation during August, included:

RE Mustang LLC’s 132 MW RE Mustang Solar Phase 1 Project in Kings County, CA is online. Portions of the power generated are sold to Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power Authority under long-term contracts.

Iron Springs Solar LLC’s 80 MW Iron Springs Solar Project in Iron County, UT is online. The power generated is sold to PacifiCorp under long-term contract.

Five Points Solar Park, LLC’s 60 MW Five Points Solar Park in Fresno County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to the University of California under long-term contract.

Antelope Big Sky Ranch LLC’s 26.3 MW Antelope Big Sky Ranch Solar Project in Los Angeles County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Southern California Public Power Authority under long-term contract.

Consolidated Edison Development’s 8 MW Future Generation Wind Project in Plymouth County, MA is online.

SolarCity’s 4.7 MW Ash Mountain Solar Farm Project in New London County, CT is online.

SolarCity’s 3 MW Fort Carson Housing Solar Project in El Paso County, CO is online. The power generated is sold to the United States Army and Balfour Beatty PLC under long-term contracts.

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