In March 2016, AMP entered into a joint development agreement with DG AMP Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, for the development, construction and operation of up to 60 megawatts (MW) or more of new solar electric generation facilities. The two organizations executed a solar power purchase agreement (PPA).
Through the DG AMP Solar subsidiary, NextEra will build, own and operate the solar sites and AMP will purchase all output from the solar generation using a take and pay contract.
In January 2017, the first solar installation of the Project went into commercial operation. The 20 MW Bowling Green, Ohio, Solar Facility consists of 85,680 solar panels spanning 165.09 acres.
Solar installations in Marshallville and Prospect, Ohio, and Front Royal, Va., also became operational in the first half of 2017. Installations in Haskins, Jackson Center, two in Orrville, Piqua, and Versailles, Ohio, Smyrna, Del., and Coldwater, Mich., became operational in 2018. Sites in Brewster and Piqua, Ohio, are scheduled to be operational in 2019. Additional sites are under development in Ohio.
The development of solar facilities further diversifies AMP’s member power supply portfolio, which includes natural gas, advanced coal, hydro, wind and landfill gas, as well as wholesale market purchases.
The largest solar installation in the state of Ohio, the Bowling Green Solar Facility, is a 20 MW installation located in Bowling Green, Ohio.
NextEra Energy and their EPC contractor, Blattner Energy, began construction in July 2016 and achieved mechanical completion in December 2016. The site achieved commercial operation in January 2017.
The Bowling Green Solar Facility consists of 85,680 modules, 20-1 MW inverters, and 10-34.5 kV transformers. The site also utilizes a tracker system that will help in maximizing production. A substation was also built on site that steps the voltage up from 34.5 kV to 69 kV.
Working in partnership with its member communities, AMP developed and owns the Napoleon Solar Facility, a 3.54 MW (AC) solar project located in Napoleon, Ohio. The facility is connected to the City of Napoleon’s electric system, providing transmission savings. The site produced its first megawatt-hours of sunshine-driven power in August 2012.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held September 21, 2012. Pictured from left are David Mustine, JobsOhio general manager; Elizabeth Bostdorff, district representative for Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green); State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon); State Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay); Napoleon Mayor Ron Behm; Michael Peck, Isofoton North America chairman; Marc Gerken, AMP president/CEO; and Craig Butler, assistant policy director for the office of Gov. John Kasich.