Dominion’s CID Solar project in California about to produce test power

CID Solar LLC on Dec. 15 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept for filing its Market Based Rate Tariff and grant such waivers and blanket authorizations as the commission previously has granted to other entities engaged in wholesale sales of electricity at market-based rates.

CID Solar will own and operate an approximately 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility and related assets located in Corcoran, California, which is within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area. Under a 20-year power purchase agreement, it will sell all of the net energy from the facility at wholesale to Pacific Gas & Electric. The facility will be interconnected to the wholesale distribution system owned by PG&E.

The facility may generate test power as early as the end of 2014 and commence commercial operation shortly afterward. CID Solar is a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Solar Holdings, which is a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy, which is part of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D). Dominion had announced in June that it was buying this project from EDF Renewable Energy.

CID Solar is affiliated with operators of existing solar facilities in the region. It also anticipates that Dominion Solar Holdings (DSH) may acquire an additional 42 MW of generation under development in CAISO within the next several months.

  • As noted in a recent application, DSH has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire Catalina Solar 2 LLC. Catalina Solar 2 is an exempt wholesale generator that is developing an 18-MW solar photovoltaic facility in Kern County, California.
  • DSH also anticipates acquiring Cottonwood Solar LLC, which owns three separate solar photovoltaic generation facilities under development in Kern County (12 MW Goose Lake facility), Kings County (11 MW City of Corcoran facility), and Marin County (1 MW Marin Carport facility).
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