Spectrum Nevada Solar nears start of 30-MW Nevada facility

Spectrum Nevada Solar LLC on March 15 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept its proposed tariff and issue an expedited order approving its market-based rate authority from its 30-MW solar photovoltaic facility in North Las Vegas, Nev.

It also asked the commission to find that Spectrum qualifies as a “Category 1 Seller” and to grant such waivers and blanket authorizations as the commission has granted in the past to other entities with market-based rate authority.

In order to ensure that Spectrum has the requisite authority to begin selling test energy from its newly-completed facility, Spectrum requested expedited consideration of this application by April 24.

“The original construction schedule for the Solar Facility has been delayed,” the company noted. “However, in the past ten days Spectrum has been informed that construction progress has been substantial and, depending on the capability of the interconnecting utility to complete pending tasks to facilitate provision of back-feed energy to the site, it is possible for the construction activities to reach a point where testing and delivery of test energy could commence as soon as April 24, 2013. Initiation of such testing as soon as possible in the course of the Solar Facility’s development will assure project continuity and efficiency, and also provide more time for responding to testing results (if needed) in time to complete construction and achieve commercial operation on a timely basis.”

Spectrum added: “Upon completion (anticipated by June 30, 2013), the full output of the Solar Facility will be committed to Nevada Power under a long-term agreement. Applicant has self-certified the Solar Facility for status as a Qualifying Facility (‘QF’) in Docket No. QF12-493-001.”

Applicant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Turner Renewable Energy LLC (STRE), which is managed by Southern Renewable Energy (SRE). STRE and SRE are subsidiaries of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), a public utility holding company. Southern Power Co., a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Co., owns and controls SRE, which owns a controlling 90% membership interest in STRE. The 10% balance of membership interests is held on a passive basis by Turner Renewable Energy LLC, an unaffiliated entity.

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