Firelands Wind, an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy Holdings, recently filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to build the Emerson Creek Wind Farm in Huron and Erie counties.
The facility would consist of up to 87 wind turbine generators, along with access roads, electric collection cables, a facility substation, a laydown yard for construction staging, an operations and maintenance (O&M) facility, and up to three meteorological towers, the company said.
The energy generated at the facility would deliver power to a single point of interconnection (POI) on the existing Beaver-Davis Besse 345-kV transmission line. The company added that the electricity generated by the facility would be transferred to the transmission grid operated by PJM Interconnection for sale at wholesale or under a power purchase agreement.
The company said that the facility is located within about 32,000 acres of leased land in Groton and Oxford townships in Erie County, as well as in Lyme, Norwich, Richmond, Ridgefield, and Sherman townships in Huron County.
Each of the wind turbine generators would have a nameplate capacity rating of 4.2 MW to 4.5 MW, depending on the final turbine model selected. The company added that the total generating capacity of the facility would not exceed 297.66 MW. Therefore, the number of turbines to be built would range between 66 and 71, depending on the model of turbine selected. The company added that the facility is expected to operate within an average annual capacity factor of 32.5% to 36.5%, generating a total of about 847,000 to 952,000 MWh of electricity each year, depending on the final turbine model selected for the facility.
Discussing the project schedule, the company noted that acquisition of land and land rights began in March 2009 and would continue through February 2020. It is anticipated that the certificate would be issued in 3Q19, and that final designs would be completed in 4Q19. The company added that construction is anticipated to begin in 1Q20 and be completed within 12 months, at which point the facility would be placed in service.
Among other things, the company said that due to market factors such as availability and cost, a specific turbine model has not yet been selected for the facility. However, turbine models that have been determined to be suitable for the site include the Vestas V150 (4.2 MW), Siemens Gamesa SG145 (4.5 MW), and the Nordex N149 (4.5 MW) at two different hub heights, the company noted.