Utah Red Hills seeks tariff authority for in-construction solar project

Utah Red Hills Renewable Park LLC, which is developing a solar project in Utah, on Feb. 11 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a tariff under which it may engage in sales of wholesale electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

The company will develop, construct, own and operate a solar photovoltaic plant with a capacity of approximately 80 MW (ac) (net capacity estimated at 78.6 MW ac) to be located near the town of Parowan, Utah. The project is certified as a small power production qualifying facility (QF). Once the project becomes operational, the full electrical output and capacity rights will be sold to PacifiCorp pursuant to a twenty-year power purchase agreement.

Utah Red Hills is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Scatec Solar North America (SSNA), a Delaware corporation with corporate headquarters in Sausalito, California. SSNA is currently exploring opportunities to develop additional renewable energy projects in North America. SSNA and its subsidiaries currently own only one energy project: a 550-kW rooftop solar project in Sonoma County, California, selling the full output at retail to the host winery.

SSNA is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Scatec Solar ASA. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Scatec Solar, through its subsidiaries (other than SSNA and its subsidiaries) owns solar projects that are currently operating or under development in South Africa, Rwanda, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Czech Republic, Jordan, and Japan.

A company contact is: John Spilman, General Counsel, Scatec Solar North America Inc., 2330 Marinship Way, Suite 300 Sausalito, CA 94965, Phone (415) 332-7762 extension 111, john.spilman@scatecsolar.us.

Swinerton Renewable Energy and Scatec Solar said Feb. 6 that they have started construction on this 104-MW (dc) plant. Scatec Solar, the project’s developer and long-term owner, has awarded Swinerton a contract to provide turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the project. When operational by the end of 2015, the plant will be Utah’s largest solar energy generation facility, Swinerton noted in a Feb. 6 statement.

“Swinerton is excited to continue our successful partnership with Scatec Solar – an innovative leader in renewable energy – and to bring jobs and years of clean power to the Parowan residents. We are pleased to announce the start of construction for the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park – a great project for the city of Parowan,” said George Hershman, Vice President and Division Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.

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