Tonopah Solar project in Nevada due for test output in Q1 2015

Tonopah Solar Energy LLC, which is building a 125-MW solar project, on Dec. 22 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grant it authorization to make market-based wholesale sales of energy, capacity, and ancillary services pursuant to a market-based rate tariff.

Tonopah is constructing and will own and operate a 125-MW (nameplate) concentrating solar thermal generation project and associated facilities and equipment that will be located in Nye County, Nevada. Tonopah will sell electric energy, capacity and/or ancillary services exclusively at wholesale. The Tonopah Project is estimated to begin test power operations in the first quarter of 2015.

Tonopah will own limited, radial electric interconnection facilities necessary to effectuate its wholesale power sales from its project. Tonopah’s electric interconnection facilities will consist of an approximately nine mile 230=kV generator-tie line and related facilities and equipment that will connect the Tonopah Project to the transmission facilities and system owned by Nevada Power d/b/a NV Energy. Tonopah has entered into a long-term power sale agreement (i.e., 25 years) under which it will sell all of the power produced by the Tonopah Project to Nevada Power.

The project is in part owed by SolarReserve Inc., which is a developer of large-scale solar energy projects and related interconnection facilities.

A project contact is: Pauline E. Doohan, General Counsel, SolarReserve LLC, 2425 Olympic Blvd., Suite 500, East Santa Monica, CA 90404, Phone: 310.315.2286,

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