FERC accepts shared grid deal for in-development solar projects in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 27 accepted a Shared Facilities Agreement filed by Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch A LLC and the related Certificate of Concurrence filed by Sierra Solar Greenworks LLC.

Western Antelope said this agreement was amended by the First Amendment to Shared Facilities Agreement, dated December 2014, by and among itself, Sierra Solar, Central Antelope Dry Ranch C LLC (Central Antelope), North Lancaster Ranch LLC (North Lancaster), FTS Devco LLC (Devco), Tioga Services Co. LLC (Tioga Services) and Sustainable Property Holdings LLC (f/k/a FTS Property Holdings LLC). 

Each involved project company is a wholly-owned, direct or indirect subsidiary of FTP Power LLC, with the exception of Western Antelope. Western Antelope is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SPW Solar Holdings 1 LLC, in which SPW Solar Managing Member 1 LLC (SPWSMM) is the managing member. SPWSMM is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of FTP Power.

  • Western Antelope owns and operates a solar photovoltaic (PV) project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Los Angeles County, California. The Western Antelope Project began commercial operation in November 2014.
  • Sierra Solar is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Los Angeles County, California. The Sierra Solar Project is scheduled to be placed in service in April 2015.
  • Central Antelope and North Lancaster are each developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) to be located in the vicinity of the Western Antelope Project and the Sierra Solar Project (the Central Antelope Project and North Lancaster Project, respectively).
  • Devco is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 10 MW (ac), also to be located in the vicinity of the Western Antelope Project and the Sierra Solar Project (the Devco Project).

Under the agreement, each project company owns, or will own, all equipment between its respective project and the 66-kV common bus arrangement. Each project company will jointly own the shared facilities, including a 66-kV radial transmission line. Western Antelope currently owns a 100% interest in the shared facilities, which deliver the output of its project to the point of change in ownership specified in its long-term power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric. Tioga Services will manage, operate, maintain and repair the shared facilities.

A project contact is: Sean McBride, General Counsel, Sustainable Power Group LLC, 2749 East Parleys Way, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT  84109, Telephone: (801) 679-3500, Fax: (801) 679-3501, smcbride@spower.com.

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