FERC okays market authority for 30-MW solar project in Georgia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 22 accepted Simon Solar LLC’s Sept. 30 filing of an application for market-based rate authority for a 30-MW solar project in Georgia.

Simon Solar will own and operate a 30-MW facility located in the Southern Co. balancing authority area.  Simon Solar is wholly owned by Silicon Ranch Corp. and is not affiliated with any entity that owns generation facilities in the Southern Co. balancing authority area.

This 30-MW facility is in construction and is a qualifying small power production facility that will soon begin selling its capacity to Georgia Power under a long-term contract.

Simon Solar’s corporate headquarters is in Nashville, Tenn. Other than the Simon Solar project, all of Silicon Ranch’s other subsidiary companies develop retail or net-metered solar projects. Silicon Ranch is owned by three individuals and an investment partnership.

In December 2011, Georgia Power and Simon Solar Farm executed a Large Scale Solar Power Purchase Agreement. Under the terms of that PPA, beginning on June 1, 2015, Simon Solar agreed to supply Georgia Power with 30 MW of solar energy from the Simon Solar Farm Facility. The Georgia Public Service Commission approved the PPA in January 2012.

The Simon Solar Farm Project will be located in Walton County, Ga., at a community called Social Circle, about 50 miles east of Atlanta.

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