PacifiCorp seeks approvals of First Wind solar contracts

PacifiCorp applied recently at the Utah Public Service Commission for approvals of a series of four new solar power contracts.

First Wind announced June 19 that it had finalized four 20-year power purchase agreements with PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power. Under the agreements, Rocky Mountain Power will buy the output of the planned 320-MW (ac) Four Brothers solar development, which includes four separate, fully permitted 80-MW (ac) project sites.

The applications were filed on July 3 with the Utah commission and cover:

  • A June 12 power purchase agreement (PPA) between Enterprise Solar LLC and PacifiCorp covering an 80-MW nameplate (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Iron County, Utah. The scheduled commercial operation date is Oct. 31, 2016. The agreement is for a term of 20 years from the commercial operation date. The agreement constitutes a “New QF Contract” under the PacifiCorp Interjurisdictional Cost Allocation Protocol. The site is an approximately 650-acre area located near the Town of Enterprise, Utah. The point of interconnection is a tap on the Enterprise Valley-West Cedar 138-kV line. A developer contact is: Enterprise Solar LLC c/o First Wind Energy LLC, 117 Lincoln St, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02111, Attn: Chief Development Officer.
  • There is a June 18 PPA between PacifiCorp and Escalante Solar I LLC. The agreement provides for the sale to PacifiCorp of energy to be generated by Escalante I, an 80-MW nameplate (ac) solar facility located in Beaver County, Utah. This agreement is also for a term of 20 years from the commercial operation date, which is scheduled for Oct. 31, 2016. This also a QF contract under the same protocol. This is an approximately 600-acre site located near the Town of Milford, Utah. The point of interconnection is a new three-breaker ring bus substation on the second Sigurd-Red Butte 345-kV line (currently under construction). The contact is the same as above.
  • There is a June 18 PPA between PacifiCorp and Escalante Solar II LLC for an 80-MW nameplate (ac) photovoltaic facility in Beaver County. This is also a 20-year deal from the date of commercial operation, which is scheduled for Oct. 31, 2016. This is under the same QF protocol. The site is an approximately 600-acre area located near the Town of Milford. The point of interconnection is a new three-breaker ring bus substation on the second Sigurd-Red Butte 345-kV line (currently under construction). Contact is same as the above.
  • PacifiCorp and Escalante Solar III LLC have a PPA dated June 17 for an 80-MW nameplate (ac) facility in Beaver County. This is again a 20-year agreement from the scheduled commercial operation date of Oct. 31, 2016. This is under the QF protocol. The site is an approximately 700-acre parcel of land located near the Town of Milford. The point of interconnection is a new three-breaker ring bus substation on the second Sigurd-Red Butte 345-kV line (currently under construction) approximately 80 miles from Sigurd. Contact information is the same as above.
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