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Invenergy proposes to build 700MW renewable energy project in Long Island, US

Published 25 October 2016

Invenergy unveiled a proposal to develop a 700MW renewable energy project, dubbed Clean Energy Link, to deliver power to the Long Island region of New York, US.

The project will feature four wind farms with a combined capacity of 478MW and two solar facilities totalling 223MW within the 12-state PJM regional power market.

The energy generated form the project will be delivered from PJM through a new HVDC transmission line to a net-zero converter station on Long Island.

Invenergy said the wind and solar projects will be built across 55,000 acres in rural areas in several states.

The project is line with the New York Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo’s goal of providing 50 by 30 – producing 50% of power from renewables by 2030. He also intended to make this a binding goal across the state.

As per the binding rule, the state of New York must deploy renewable energy sources in higher number over short period of time.

Assemblyman Steve Englebright said: “Long Island is determined to protect our environment, and Governor Cuomo’s 50 by 30 mandate is the vehicle that ensures innovative methods for securing renewable energy is a part of the equation.

“Long Islanders have long sought clean energy via wind and solar projects, but the proposal by Invenergy allows us to make a significant step forward without sacrificing open space as a consequence.”

The Clean Energy Link could triple Long Island’s renewable resource portfolio. The project could move Nassau and Suffolk from 3% in 2015 to 10%, when the project will commence operations in 2020.

Image: Invenergy proposes 4 wind farms and 2 solar plants under Clean Energy Link project to power Long Island. Photo: Courtesy of kongsky/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.