September proves big month for solar development, FERC reports

About 965 MW of new electric generating capacity came online during September, according to the latest monthly update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

While about two-thirds of the monthly total came from solar energy while a couple of significant natural gas power plants came online in Texas, according to the monthly Energy Infrastructure Update from the FERC Office of Energy Projects.

With the 965 MW of generating capacity that came online during September, there has been a total of 13,826 MW of capacity added during the first nine months of 2016. That compares to 11,759 MW installed during the first nine month of 2015.

The South Texas Electric Cooperative’s 224-MW natural gas-fired Red Gate power plant in Hidalgo County, Texas is online. In addition, the El Paso Electric 132-MW gas-fired Montana Power Station Phase 3 Expansion Project in El Paso County, Texas also came online during September.

In addition, the United States Army’s 7.9 MW natural gas-fired Aberdeen Proving Ground combined heat and power (CHP) Project in Harford County, Maryland is online.

Several new solar power projects also were commissioned during September. They include:

RE Tranquility LLC’s 205.3 MW RE Tranquility Solar Project in Fresno County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Southern California Edison under long-term contract.

63SU 8ME LLC’s 155 MW Springbok Solar Farm Phase 2 Expansion Project in Kern County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Southern California Public Power Authority under long-term contract.

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

RE Barren Ridge 1 LLC’s 60 MW RE Cinco Solar Project in Kern County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power under long-term contract.

ID Solar 1 LLC’s 40 MW Idaho Solar 1 Project in Ada County, ID is online. The power generated is sold to Idaho Power Co. under long-term contract.

Nevada Valley Solar Solutions II LLC’s 17.5 MW Valley Electric Association Community Solar Project in Ada County, ID is online. The power generated is sold to Idaho Power Co. under long-term contract.

Valley Electric and Bombard Renewable Energy’s 15 MW Pahrump Community Solar Project in Clark County, NV is online.

Duke Energy Florida’s 5.1 MW Perry Solar Project in Taylor County, FL is online.

Indiana Michigan Power’s 5 MW Olive Solar Power Project in Saint Joseph County, IN online.

BQ Energy’s 4 MW Steel Sun Solar Farm Phase 1 Project in Erie County, NY is online.

Indiana Municipal Power Agency’s 4 MW Washington Solar Park Project in Deviess County, IN is online.

KDC Solar LLC’s 4 MW Seabrook Retirement Community Solar Project in Monmouth County, NJ is online.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.