New developer picks up 20-MW California solar project

Southern California Edison (SCE) on Aug. 11 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revised agreements, including a Small Generator Interconnection Agreement, for a 20-MW solar project of Lucerne Valley Solar One LLC.

On November 2010, SCE and prior project developer FRV Lucerne Solar LP entered into a SGIA and a Service Agreement for Wholesale Distribution Service. The Service Agreement sets forth SCE’s agreement to provide Distribution Service for 20 MW of power produced by the project to the ISO Grid at SCE’s Victor Substation 115 kV bus. The commission accepted the SGIA and Service Agreement for filing in a letter order dated Jan. 26, 2011.

FRV Lucerne Solar LP requested a suspension of the SGIA and DSA in a letter dated April 22, 2011. Effective Nov. 29, 2011, FRV Lucerne Solar assigned its interests in the SGIA to Avalon Development LLC. Avalon Development recommenced work on the project in June 2013. In order for re-activation of the project and due to the aged original facilities study dated Nov. 6, 2009, a system impact re-study and a facilities re-study had to be performed to update the project’s scope of work and associated costs.

Additionally, Lucerne Solar requested a new Commercial Operation Date (COD) of Dec. 1, 2016. SCE accepted the proposed COD with the condition that Lucerne Solar proceeds with the final design and construction for the project immediately after the effective date of the Amended SGIA and complies with the revised milestones such that SCE can complete the construction of interconnection facilities for an In-Service Date of Nov. 5, 2016.

Effective June 26, 2014, Avalon Development assigned its interests in the SGIA to Lucerne Valley Solar One LLC.

Said the SGIA in describing the project: “The Interconnection Customer’s 20 MW generating facility, Lucerne Valley Solar One, located near the intersection of Camprock Road and Arroyo Road, Lucerne Valley, in San Bernardino County, CA, includes, but is not limited to: photovoltaic panels, thirteen (13) Power One ULTRA 1500 KW inverters and one (1) Power One ULTRA 500 KW inverter, and seven (7) 3.0 MVA 33kV/690V transformers, a 33 kV overhead automatic recloser serving as a service entrance, and appurtenant facilities.”

A project contact is: Lucerne Valley Solar One LLC, John Wieland, Senior Business Development Manager, 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, 7th Floor, Dallas, TX 75206, Phone: 847-274-5386, Fax: 214-515-1158,

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