Take a look at the latest happenings in high voltage work in this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
Dominion Solar Investment In Virginia Approaches $1 Billion
Dominion is investing more than $800 million in solar power in Virginia, with much of it being built at little or no cost to most customers. Additional solar projects are now in the planning stages. Some 398 MW of solar generation have either been completed or are under development throughout much of Virginia – enough to power 100,000 homes.
Read more from Transmission and Distribution World
State Regulators OK 240 Miles of New High-Voltage Lines in Arizona, New Mexico
The Arizona Corporation Commission recently approved the Southline Transmission Project, which will add 240 miles of new high-voltage lines in Arizona and New Mexico and upgrade another 120 miles of lines from near Wilcox to a substation northwest of Tucson.
Read more from the Arizona Daily Star
Xcel Energy Jumps Last Hurdles for Massive Rush Creek Wind Project
Elbert County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Xcel Energy’s proposed $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project recently, clearing the way for construction to begin by mid-spring. The 300-turbine project and 90-mile transition line will span 90,000 acres across five counties and will produce roughly 600 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 180,000 homes.
Read more from The Denver Post
Glendale Water & Power looks to upgrade Grayson Power Plant
After a directive to "repower" the electricity-generating Grayson Power Plant, Glendale Water & Power officials on Monday presented the utility's commission with a long-awaited update on a proposal to upgrade the facility. In 2015, City Council ordered the utility to draft plans to improve the plant by removing, rebuilding and replacing seven of the eight turbines there. Glendale Water & Power officials hope the revamp will result in a more reliable, affordable and sustainable facility.
Read more from the Los Angeles Times
Transmission Line Project Progresses
Set to begin work that will span over the next three years, the Tillamook to Oceanside Transmission Line project will aid to serve Cape Meares, Oceanside and Netarts with a more stable source of electrical service. The project will improve reliability, operations and maintenance as well as general capacity.
Read more from the Tillamook Headlight Herald
U.S. Solar Grows 95 Percent in 2016, Breaks Records
A record 14,626 MW of solar capacity was built in the United States in 2016, representing a 95 percent increase in the amount of solar additions in 2015. The massive amount of growth put solar as the top source of new electric capacity for the first time ever, according to a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. Though residential and non-residential solar additions grew in 2016, utility-scale solar additions were the biggest source of growth by far at 145 percent over utility-scale development in 2015.
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Nevada Regulators OK Solar Power Project That Involves Substation, Power Line
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada recently granted Techren Solar application that sought the issuance of a Utility Environmental Protection Act permit for a project that involves a solar power facility, substation, and transmission line. Techren in April 2012 filed with the commission an application for a permit to begin construction of the Techren Boulder City Solar Project, consisting of a 300-MW photovoltaic solar-powered electric generating facility; a substation with 34.5-kV to 230-kV step-up transformers; about four miles of a 230-kV transmission line or three miles of a 500-kV transmission line; and associated facilities to be located in Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada.
Read more from Electric Light & Power