Solar Power

American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) continues its role as a regional leader in developing and deploying renewable generation.

AMP Solar Phase II


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 80 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 builds, owns and operates the solar sites and AMP purchases all output from the solar generation. AMP sells the output to 22 participating members using a take and pay contract.

The systems each consist of solar photovoltaic generating facilities utilizing polycrystalline photovoltaic modules and central inverters. The modules are mounted on either a fixed tilt or tracker racking system. Each system is interconnected to the electric distribution system of a host participant and is located at a site located on land within or near the geographic footprint of such host participant.  

The initial systems consist of 13 systems with a rated capacity of approximately 36.825 MW located in Delaware, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.  The initial systems have a rated capacity ranging from 0.25 MW to 20 MW.  The first of the initial systems, located in Bowling Green, entered commercial operation in January 2017 (see more on the Bowling Green Solar Facility below). A list of the initial systems and the performance of such relative to P90 are set forth below in the following tables:

The Initial Systems
Site Rated Capacity (in MW)  Commercial Operation Date
Bowling Green  20  1/24/2017
 Marshallville  0.7 2/28/2017 
 Prospect  0.25  2/28/2017
Front Royal  2.5 5/9/2017 
Orrville #2    0.95 1/26/2018 
 Versailles  1.75  1/29/2018
Haskins  0.7  1/29/2018
 Coldwater  1.305 2/1/2018 
 Jackson Center  1.62 2/8/2018 
 Orrville #3  2.25 3/3/2018 
 Smyrna  1.17  7/5/2018
 Piqua  1.755 9/1/2018 
Brewster  1.875  January 2019 (estimated) 
 Total 36.825*   

*Includes the expected rated capacity of the Brewster Solar Facility, expected to go into commercial operation in January 2019.



Performance of Initial Systems (Calendar Year 2017)
Site  Actual Production
(in MWh)
P90 Projection
(in MWh)
 
Variance (%) Capacity Factor (%) Availability Factor (%)
Bowling Green 37,678  37,729   (0.1)  28 100
 Marshallville 938  896  4.7  24 100 
 Prospect 333  343  (2.7)  25  100
Front Royal 2,660  2,490   6.8 25 100
Total  41,609  41,457  0.4 25  100

Includes data commencing with each system's first full month of operation.

 


Performance of Initial Systems (Calendar Year 2018)
Site  Actual Production
(in MWh)
P90 Projection
(in MWh)
 
Variance (%) Capacity Factor (%) Availability Factor (%)
Bowling Green 33,172  33,254 0.0  25 95
 Marshallville 898 910  (1.0) 19 100 
 Prospect 335 344  (3.0)  20  100
Front Royal 3,422 3,387  1.0 21 100
 Orrville #2 1,060  1,076  (2.0)   19 100 
Versailles  2,211  2,019   10.0 22  100 
Haskins  866  849   2.0 21   100
Coldwater  1,523  1,567   (3.0) 20  91 
Jackson Center   2,022 1,951   4.0 23  100 
 Orrville #3  2,109 2,123   (1.0)  21 100 
 Smyrna  337 340  (1.0)   20 100 
Piqua   218  272 (20.0)   23  100
Total/Average 48,173  48,092  0.2 21  99

Includes data commencing with each system's first full month of operation for systems entering commercial operation in 2018 and is through September 2018.

 

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.

Bowling Green Solar Facility

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The largest solar installation in the state of Ohio, the Bowling Green Solar Facility, is a 20 MW installation located in Bowling Green and is part of Solar Phase II. 

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, 10-34.5 kV transformers and spans 165.09 acres. 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.

Bowling Green Facts

2017 Facility went online 85,680 solar panels 165 acres

The site produced its first megawatt-hours of sunshine-driven power in January.

The total number of solar modules installed at the site.

The Bowling Green facility is the largest solar installation in Ohio.

2017 Facility went online

The site produced its first megawatt-hours of sunshine-driven power in January.

85,680 solar panels

The total number of solar modules installed at the site.

165 acres

The Bowling Green facility is the largest solar installation in Ohio.



AMP Solar Phase I: Napoleon Solar Facility

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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.

Napoleon Facts

2012 Facility went online 3

project participants
20.74 acres

The site produced its first megawatt-hours of sunshine-driven power in August.

The AMP member communities of Napoleon, St. Marys and Waynesfield, Ohio participate in the project.

The Napoleon solar facility was built on top of a converted landfill site.

2012 Facility went online

The site produced its first megawatt-hours of sunshine-driven power in August.

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project participants

The AMP member communities of Napoleon, St. Marys and Waynesfield, Ohio participate in the project.

20.74 acres

The Napoleon solar facility was built on top of a converted landfill site.