Idaho Power signs solar deals with multiple developers

Idaho Power, under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), applied Oct. 17 at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for orders accepting or rejecting Energy Sales Agreements (ESAs) with several solar project companies.

One of the ESAs is with Orchard Ranch Solar LLC. Under this deal, Orchard Ranch would sell and Idaho Power would purchase electric energy generated by a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Ada County, Idaho.

This ESA for a qualifying facility (QF) is for a term of 20 years. The proposed project is expected to use JA 305w photovoltaic panels with SMA inverters and utilize a single-axis tracking system. Orchard Ranch has selected Dec. 1, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

The ESA contains negotiated avoided cost rates based upon the incremental cost, integrated resource plan pricing methodology applicable to solar projects that exceed 100 kW, in conformity with applicable commission orders. Prices were determined on an incremental basis with the inclusion of this project in its queued position of proposed projects on Idaho Power’s system. For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are as follows: over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $34/megawatt-hour (MWh) for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $144/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is approximately $62.67/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is approximately $63,565,295.

The contact for the solar developer is: Orchard Ranch Solar LLC, First Wind Legal, c/o Arthur Snell, 179 Lincoln Street, Suite 500, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, 617-960-9642, E-mail: asnell@firstwind.com.

Other ESAs are:

American Falls Solar II LLC

This ESA is between Idaho Power and American Falls Solar II LLCunder which American Falls Solar II would sell electric energy generated by its-20 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Power County, Idaho. Under the terms of this ESA, American Falls Solar II elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed QF project is expected to use JA 305w photovoltaic panels with SMA inverters and utilize a single axis tracking system. Seller has selected Dec. 1, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are as follows: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $34/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $144/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is approximately $63.32/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is approximately $60,691,949.

The contact information is the same as for the Orchard Ranch project.

American Falls Solar LLC

Another ESA is between Idaho Power and American Falls Solar LLC for a 20 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Power County, Idaho. Under the terms of this ESA, American Falls Solar elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed QF project is expected to use JA 305w photovoltaic panels with SMA inverters and utilize a single axis tracking system. Seller has selected Dec. 1, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are as follows: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $34/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $145/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is approximately $64.38/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is approximately $63,790,567.

The contact information is the same as above.

Simco Solar LLC

Another ESA is between ldaho Power and Simco Solar LLC for a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Elmore County, Idaho.  Under the terms of this ESA, Simco Solar elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed QF project is expected to use JA 305 photovoltaic panels with SMA inverters and utilize a single axis tracking system. Seller has selected Dec. 1, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are as follows: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $31/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $143/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is approximately $64.68/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is approximately $68,692,839.

The contact information is the same as above.

Murphy Flat Power LLC

Another ESA is between Idaho Power and Murphy Flat Power LLC for a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Owyhee County, ldaho. Under the terms of this ESA, Murphy Flat elected to contract with ldaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed project is expected to use JA 305w photovoltaic panels with SMA inverters and utilize a single-axis tracking system. The facility will be a QF under the applicable provisions of PURPA. Seller has selected Dec. 1, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are as follows: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $33/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $143/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is approximately $64.57/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is approximately $67,953,626.

The contact information is the same as above.

Clark Solar 4 LLC

There is an ESA with Clark Solar 4 LLC for a 19.98 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Elmore County, Idaho. Under this ESA, Clark Solar 4 elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed project is expected to use mono crystalline solar modules with Tier 1 inverters and utilize a single-axis tracking system. Seller has selected Dec. 31, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date for this QF.

The ESA contains negotiated avoided cost rates based upon the incremental cost, integrated resource plan pricing methodology applicable to solar projects that exceed 100 kW, in conformity with applicable commission orders. Prices were determined on an incremental basis with the inclusion of this project in its queued position of proposed projects on Idaho Power’s system. All terms and conditions are negotiated and agreed to by the parties, with the exception of the appropriate applicable avoided cost rates and prices. The parties have agreed to submit two alternative pricing schedules to the commission with this ESA, and have further agreed that each party will accept, abide by, and be bound by the commission’s determination as to the appropriate pricing schedule for this ESA.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $34/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $110/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement based on linear escalations of light load and heavy load monthly rate. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is about $68,154,655.

The contact is: Clark Solar 4 LLC, Mark van Gulik, P.O. Box 7354, Boise, ldaho 83707, phone: (208) 342-4836, mvangulik@sunergyworld.com, mark@intermountainenergypartners.com.

Clark Solar 3 LLC

There is an ESA between Idaho Power and Clark Solar 3 LLC for a 29.98 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Elmore County, Idaho. Under this ESA, Clark Solar 3 elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed project is expected to use mono crystalline solar modules with Tier 1 inverters and utilize a single axis tracking system. Seller has selected Dec, 31, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date for this QF.

The ESA contains negotiated avoided cost rates based upon the incremental cost, integrated resource plan pricing methodology applicable to solar projects that exceed 100 kW, in conformity with applicable commission orders. Prices were determined on an incremental basis with the inclusion of this project in its queued position of proposed projects onI Power’s system. All terms and conditions are negotiated and agreed to by the parties, with the exception of the appropriate applicable avoided cost rates and prices. The parties have agreed to submit two alternative pricing schedules to the commission with this ESA, and have further agreed that each party will accept, abide by, and be bound by the commission’s determination as to the appropriate pricing schedule for this ESA.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $34/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $111/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement based on linear escalations of light load and heavy load monthly rates. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is about $61.23/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is around $103,602,890.

The contact is the same as for Clark Solar 4.

Clark Solar 2 LLC

There is an ESA between Idaho Power and Clark Solar 2 LLC for a 19.98 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Elmore County, Idaho. Clark Solar 2 elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The project is expected to use mono crystalline solar modules with Tier 1 inverters and utilize a single-axis tracking system. The facility will be a QF. Seller has selected Dec. 31 , 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

The ESA contains negotiated avoided cost rates based upon the incremental cost, integrated resource plan pricing methodology applicable to solar projects that exceed 100 kW, in conformity with applicable commission orders. Prices were determined on an incremental basis with the inclusion of this project in its queued position of proposed projects on Idaho Power’s system. All terms and conditions are negotiated and agreed to by the parties, with the exception of the appropriate applicable avoided cost rates and prices. The parties have agreed to submit two alternative pricing schedules to the commission with this ESA, and have further agreed that each party will accept, abide by, and be bound by the commission’s determination as to the appropriate pricing schedule for this ESA.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates as set forth in Appendix E of the ESA are: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $34/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $112/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement based on linear escalations of light load and heavy load monthly rates. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is about $61.51/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is about $69,853,041.

The contact is the same as for Clark Solar 3 and 4.

Clark Solar 1 LLC

There is an ESA between Idaho Power and Clark Solar 1 LLC for a 70.98-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Elmore County, Idaho. Clark Solar 1 elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The project is expected to use mono crystalline solar modules with Tier 1 inverters and utilize a single axis tracking system. The facility will be a QF under the applicable provisions of PURPA. Seller has selected Dec. 31, 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

The ESA contains negotiated avoided cost rates based upon the incremental cost, integrated resource plan pricing methodology applicable to solar projects that exceed 100 kW, in conformity with applicable commission orders. Prices were determined on an incremental basis with the inclusion of this project in its queued position of proposed projects on Idaho Power’s system. All terms and conditions are negotiated and agreed to by the parties, with the exception of the appropriate applicable avoided cost rates and prices. The parties have agreed to submit two alternative pricing schedules to the commission with this ESA, and have further agreed that each party will accept, abide by, and be bound by the commission’s determination as to the appropriate pricing schedule for this ESA.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates are: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from about $34/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $113/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement based on linear escalations of light load and heavy load monthly rates. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is about $61.71/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is approximately $249,756,516.

The contact is the same as for the other three Clark Solar projects.

Pocatello Solar 1 LLC

There is an ESA between Idaho Power and Pocatello Solar 1 LLC for a 19.98 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Power County, Idaho. Under the terms of this ESA, Pocatello Solar elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed project is expected to use mono crystalline solar modules with Tier 1 inverters and utilize a single-axis tracking system. The facility will be a QF. Seller has selected Dec. 31 , 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

The ESA contains negotiated avoided cost rates based upon the incremental cost, integrated resource plan pricing methodology applicable to solar projects that exceed 100 kW, in conformity with applicable commission orders. Prices were determined on an incremental basis with the inclusion of this project in its queued position of proposed projects on Idaho Power’s system. All terms and conditions are negotiated and agreed to by the parties, with the exception of the appropriate applicable avoided cost rates and prices. The parties have agreed to submit two alternative pricing schedules to the commission with this ESA, and have further agreed that each party will accept, abide by, and be bound by the commission’s determination as to the appropriate pricing schedule for this ESA.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates are: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $34/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $115/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement based on linear escalations of light load and heavy load monthly rates. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is about $61.87/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is about $75,634,801.

The contact, Mark van Gulik, is the same as for the Clark Solar projects.

Mountain Home Solar LLC

There is an ESA between Idaho Power and Mountain Home Solar LLC for a 19.98 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project located in Elmore County, Idaho. Under the terms of this ESA, Mountain Home elected to contract with Idaho Power for a 20-year term. The proposed project is expected to use mono crystalline solar modules with Tier 1 inverters and utilize a single-axis tracking system. The facility will be a QF. Seller has selected Dec. 31 , 2016, as the Scheduled Operation Date.

The ESA contains negotiated avoided cost rates based upon the incremental cost, integrated resource plan pricing methodology applicable to solar projects that exceed 100 kW, in conformity with applicable commission orders. Prices were determined on an incremental basis with the inclusion of this project in its queued position of proposed projects on ldaho Power’s system. All terms and conditions are negotiated and agreed to by the parties, with the exception of the appropriate applicable avoided cost rates and prices. The parties have agreed to submit two alternative pricing schedules to the commission with this ESA, and have further agreed that each party will accept, abide by, and be bound by the commission’s determination as to the appropriate pricing schedule for this ESA.

For the commission’s reference, the non-levelized, heavy and light load, avoided cost rates are: Over the 20-year term of the agreement, the monthly rates vary from approximately $33/MWh for light load hours in early months of the agreement to as high as $115/MWh for heavy load hours in the latter years of the agreement based on linear escalations of light load and heavy load monthly rates. The equivalent 20-year levelized avoided cost rate is approximately $61.96/MWh. The 20-year estimated contractual obligation based upon the estimated generation levels applied to the above-referenced avoided cost rates and solar integration charges is about $81,013,156.

The contact, Mark van Gulik, is the same as for some of the other projects.

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