Western Antelope seeks market authority for 20-MW solar project

Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch A LLC, which has a 20-MW solar project that just went operational, applied on Dec. 30 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of a market-based rate schedule.

The company owns a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Los Angeles County, California (the “WABSRA Project”). The WABSRA Project, which is located within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area in the Southwest region, has filed notices with the commission of applicant’s status as a qualifying facility (QF) and as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG). The WABSRA Project began commercial operation in November 2014. 

As a QF with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac), the WABSRA Project is currently exempt from Section 205 of the Federal Power Act and is not required to have a market-based rate schedule on file with the commission to sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. However, its affiliate, Sierra Solar Greenworks LLC, is developing a separate 20 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project that will be located less than one mile from the WABSRA Project (the “Sierra Solar Project”).  The Sierra Solar Project is scheduled to be placed in service in April 2015.

Because the WABSRA Project and the Sierra Solar Project will be located less than one mile apart, once the Sierra Solar Project is placed in service the two will be aggregated for purposes of determining the size of their QFs and the applicant is concerned that the WABSRA Project will no longer be exempt from Section 205 of the Federal Power Act. Therefore, in anticipation of the Sierra Solar Project being placed in service, in conjunction with Sierra Solar’s application for market-based rate authority filed concurrently with this application, and as a precautionary measure to mitigate the possible loss of the exemption, applicant is now filing this application.

Applicant is committed to sell the entire output from the WABSRA Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with a non-affiliate, Pacific Gas and Electric. Applicant will own no transmission facilities other than limited interconnection facilities needed to connect the WABSRA Project with the transmission system. 

Applicant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SPW Solar Holdings 1 LLCSPW’s membership interests consist of Class A Membership Interests and Class B Membership Interests. One hundred percent (100%) of SPW’s Class A Membership Interests (and corresponding Class A Units) are held by JPM Capital Corp., and 100% of SPW’s Class B Membership Interests (and corresponding Class B Units) are held by SPW Solar Managing Member 1 LLC.

Sierra Solar Greenworks said in its own Dec. 30 application that the Sierra Solar Project is expected to begin testing in March 2015 and to enter commercial operation in April 2015.

One hundred percent (100%) of Sierra Solar Greenworks’ interests are held by FTP Power LLC. FTP’s issued membership interests consist of Class A Units and Common Units. C2E LLC owns 34.98% of FTP’s Class A Units and 3% of FTP’s Common Units. C2E, in turn, is owned in equal parts by Creamer Group LLC, Creamer Investments Inc. and two individual investors. Fir Tree Solar LLC owns 65.02% of FTP’s Class A Units and 94.6% of FTP’s Common Units. Martifer-Silverado Fund I LLC owns 2.4% of FTP’s Common Units. Silverado Power LLC owns a 42% interest in MS Fund and Martifer Solar Inc. owns a 58% interest in MS Fund.

Project contact information for Western Antelope is: SPW Solar Holdings 1 LLC, 2749 East Parleys Way, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84109, Attn: Managing Member, Telephone: (801) 679-3500, Fax: (801) 679-3501.

A contact for Sierra Solar is: Sean McBride, General Counsel, Sierra Solar Greenworks LLC, 2749 East Parleys Way, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84109, Telephone: (801) 679-3500, Fax: (801) 679-3501.

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