Dominion's 60-MW Summit Farms Solar project due for startup in November

An 80-MW Dominion solar project in Virginia also nearing startup

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Summit Farms Solar LLC on Sept. 16 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept for filing its Market-Based Rate Tariff and to grant such waivers and blanket authorizations as the commission previously has granted to other entities engaged in wholesale sales of electricity at market-based rates.

This company is developing and will own and operate an approximately 60-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility and related assets located in Currituck County, North Carolina, which is within the PJM Interconnection balancing authority area. Applicant will sell all of the net energy from the facility at wholesale to non-affiliates under three long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Under the collective terms of the PPAs, it's 60 MW of generation capacity is fully committed for 25 years.

Pursuant to a Co-Tenancy and Shared Facilities Agreement (SFA) dated Aug. 31, 2016, with Ranchland Solar LLC, applicant and Ranchland will jointly own, as tenants-in-common, the electrical interconnection equipment necessary to connect their respective generation facilities with the transmission system owned by Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power and under the operational control of PJM.

Summit Farms Solar anticipates that the facility may generate test power in November 2016 and commence commercial operation shortly thereafter. Concurrent with this filing, it is submitting a notice of self-certification of exempt wholesale generator status under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005.

Applicant is part of Dominion Energy Inc., which is a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D). Dominion Resources is also the parent of Virginia Electric and Power.

Within the PJM BAA, the applicant is affiliated with other Dominion Energy subsidiaries, including Eastern Shore Solar LLC, which owns and operates an 80-MW solar photovoltaic facility located in Accomack County, Virginia, with a projected commercial operation date in October 2016. Eastern Shore is an exempt wholesale generator and has been granted market-based rate authority by the commission.

A project contact is: Cheri M. Yochelson, Senior Counsel, Dominion Resources Services Inc., 120 Tredegar Street, RS-2, Richmond, VA 23219, Tel: (804) 819-2691, Cheri.M.Yochelson@dom.com.

Notable is that Summit Farms Solar LLC, SunEnergy Developments LLC and Dominion Solar Projects V Inc. on Sept. 1 notified the North Carolina Utilities Commission of the transfer of the upstream ownership of Summit Farms from SunEnergy to Dominion Solar, which is part of Dominion Resources. This had formerly been known as the Wildwood Solar LLC project.

Also, Summit Farms Solar on Sept. 16 filed with FERC a Co-Tenancy agreement with Ranchland Solar, which is developing and will own and operate an approximately 60 MW (ac) photovoltaic facility located in Currituck County, North Carolina. "The Summit Farm Facility and the necessary Shared Facilities to interconnect the Summit Farm Facility to the transmission system are expected to be operational in November 2016," that filing said.

The contact for Ranchland Solar is: Kenny Habul, Manager, Ranchland Solar LLC, 192 Raceway Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117.

Barry Cassell
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Barry Cassell

Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 26 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

Barry can be reached at barryc@pennwell.com.

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