Southern California Ed works out interconnect for 100-MW First Solar project

Southern California Edison on Feb. 6 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Willow Springs Solar LLC and the California ISO for a 100-MW project in Kern County, Calif.

The agreement covers installation of a new customer-owned substation, referred to as Desert Flower for operating purposes, at the solar power plant, and new approximate 4.5-mile, 220-kV generation tie line from the Willow Springs 2 Project site to Southern California Edison’s Whirlwind Substation. The power project has a Dec. 15, 2016, target for commercial operation.

The LGIA describes the project as: “All equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s 100 MW solar photovoltaic Willow Springs 2 generating facility in Kern County California, as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer in its Interconnection Request, as may have been amended during the Interconnection Study process, which consists of (i) 160 inverters with an individual output of 0.630 MW each for a total of 100.8 MW at the terminal voltage and a generator auxillary load of 0.8 MW at 34.5 kV, (ii) the associated infrastructure and step-up transformers, (iii) meters and metering equipment, and (iv) appurtenant equipment. The Willow Springs 2 Project shall consist of the Large Generating Facility and the Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities.”

A listed project contact is: Madeleine Aldridge, Manager, Transmission & Interconnection, First Solar Development, Phone (415) 935-2485, Fax (415) 935-2501,   

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