California PUC to review amended solar contracts for Southern California Ed

The California Public Utilities Commission at its Jan. 29 meeting will look at requests from Southern California Edison (SCE) for approval of two amended renewable energy power purchase agreements for solar photovoltaic projects of Nicolis LLC and Tropico LLC.

Nicolis and Tropico were originally wholly-owned by Foresight Renewables LLC. In May 2014, Foresight assigned 100% membership interests in these companies and their power purchase agreements (PPAs) with SCE to W Power LLC. Founded in 2011, W Power is in the business of developing, building, owning and operating utility-scale renewable and conventional power projects. According to SCE, W Power (and/or its affiliates) own or operate 471 MW of power facilities, primarily in California. W Power possesses state and federal certifications as a Women Business Enterprise from the CPUC.

Said a draft resolution from staff to be reviewed by the commission: “SCE asserts that with the amended commercial operation deadlines of March 30, 2016, the Nicolis and Tropico PPAs fit with SCE’s 2013 RPS Procurement Plan. Additionally, SCE claims that the Nicolis PPA and Tropico PPA are Category 1 products that are directly interconnected to a California balancing authority, which SCE targeted in its 2013 RPS Procurement Plan. SCE explains that both Nicolis PPA and Tropico PPA are 20-year long term contracts, which contribute towards satisfying SCE’s long-term need for renewable energy, as iterated in the 2013 RPS Procurement Plan.”

Nicolis and Tropico executed a Clustering Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (CLGIA) in March 2014 with SCE. Both projects would interconnect at SCE’s Vestal substation in Tulare County. Nicolis is 20 MW in size, while Tropico is at 14 MW. Both are due for initial operation at the end of this year.

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