MISO files revised interconnect deal for 100-MW North Star Solar PV project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Nov. 9 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an Amended and Restated Generator Interconnection Agreement with North Star Solar PV LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Northern States Power for a 100-MW solar project in Minnesota.

MISO has designated this as First Revised Service Agreement No. 2871 under its FERC Electric Tariff. MISO has designated this project as Project No. J385 in its interconnection queue. In November 2015, MISO filed an original agreement, which was accepted by FERC on Jan. 20 of this year. 

MISO noted in the Nov. 9 filing: “The Interconnection Studies for the Interconnection Customer are now complete. This Interconnection Agreement removes the provisional status of the Original Agreement, and therefore is being filed with the Commission because this change represents an amendment to the Original Agreement.”

The agreement covers a solar facility rated 100 MW net with all studies performed at or below these outputs. The facility is composed of 50 SMA inverter units in a solar photovoltaic farm rated at 2.2 MVA each. The Point of Interconnection is at the Chisago County substation, 115-kV yard, where the lead line from J385 connects to the bus bar between 115-kV breakers 5P203 and 5P204.

The revised GIA has a target commercial operation date of Oct. 1, 2016.

A listed project contact is: North Star Solar PV LLC, Attn: Erich Mettler, The D. E. Shaw Group, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10036.

Construction is complete on the 100-MW North Star Solar project in Chisago County, Minnesota, making it the largest single solar facility in the Midwest, Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) said Oct. 19. The project is expected to come on-line in December 2016, Xcel Energy said. Xcel Energy will purchase power from North Star as part of a 25-year deal.

The 100-MW North Star Solar project represents a $180 million investment. Swinerton Renewable Energy built the facility. It joined partners Chisago County, D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC (DESRI), Community Energy Solar and Xcel Energy to celebrate the end of construction. Originally developed by Community Energy Solar, the property is now managed by an affiliate of DESRI.

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