Southern California Edison works out deal for 100 MW of solar

Southern California Edison applied July 15 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval of a Clustering Large Generator Interconnect Agreement for a 100-MW solar project in Kern County.

The agreement is with RE Columbia LLC, RE Columbia Two LLC, RE Clearwater LLC and RE Yakima LLC as the collective “interconnection customer,” and RE Columbia Interconnection Manager LLC.

The agreement said this project includes: “All equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s 100 MW solar photovoltaic generating facility in Kern County, California, as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer in its Interconnection Request, as may have been amended during the Interconnection Study process, which consists of (i) 100 AE Solaron 1.0 MW photovoltaic solar inverters, (ii) four (4) 66/34.5 kV step-up transformers, (iii) the associated infrastructure and step-up transformers, (iv) meters and metering equipment, and (v) appurtenant equipment. The RE Columbia Project shall consist of the four individual Electric Generating Units [Unit No. 1 RE Clearwater (20 MW), Unit No. 2 RE Columbia (45 MW), Unit No. 3 RE Columbia Two (15 MW), Unit No. 4 RE Yakima (20 MW)], collectively the Generating Facility and the Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities.”

An accompanying service agreement said that service for this new facility will begin by the later of July 1, 2015, or the completion of the supporting interconnection facilities. The solar companies proposed a commercial operation date of July 28, 2015.

The point of contact for the solar companies is Recurrent Energy out of San Francisco.

“With a 2 GW project pipeline and more than 700 MW of signed contracts, Recurrent Energy has one of North America’s largest solar development portfolios,” said the company website. “Recurrent Energy’s development strategy is to build a balanced portfolio of utility scale solar projects. The company initially differentiated itself by focusing on distributed-scale projects, 5 MW-20 MW solar generating plants that are connected to existing utility distribution networks in areas of high demand. These types of projects are designed to deliver faster permitting and interconnection. Recurrent Energy is also developing a number of central-scale projects that address the utility market’s need for larger capacities.”

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