Missouri PSC Approves Grain Belt Express HVDC Transmission Project

LCG, March 22, 2019--The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a request filed by Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC for a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate, control, manage and maintain a high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission line to move power east from wind farms in western Kansas to load centers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

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FPL Targets 1,490 MW of Solar Capacity for New Community Solar Program

LCG, March 15, 2019--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) Wednesday filed a proposal with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for a new community solar program, FPL SolarTogether. Pending PSC approval, FPL plans to install 1,490-MW of capacity at 20 new solar power plants across FPL's service territory to meet anticipated customer enrollment in the program.

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CPS Energy Forges Ahead with Western Ranch Solar Project

LCG, June 24, 2009--CPS Energy announced Monday that it executed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tessera Solar for the electricity generated from the 27-MW, Western Ranch Solar Project to be constructed in western Texas. The project will employ the SunCatcher power system designed and manufactured by Stirling Energy Systems (SES), an affiliate of Tessera Solar.

The SunCatcher power system consists of a parabolic dish of mirrors - spanning 40 feet across - that reflects the energy of the sun onto a receiver called a power conversion unit (PCU). The solar energy heats hydrogen gas in tubes in the PCU, and the gas passes through a heat exchanger to run a four-cylinder Stirling engine, which drives a generator to produce power.

The project will include 1,080 SunCatcher dishes, which have recently been redesigned to lower costs and ease maintenance. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin next summer, with the first units planned to commence operations by the end of 2010. The project generating capacity can be increased to 130 MW.

CPS Energy provides electric service to approximately 695,000 electric customers in and around San Antonio. Western Ranch Solar represents a big step by CPS Energy towards its commitment to develop 100 MW of solar resources and to meet 20 percent of its customers? peak electrical demand by 2020.
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