SunPower affiliate seeks market authority for 135-MW California solar project

Solar Star California XIII LLC, which is developing a 135-MW project, on March 11 sought approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its proposed baseline market-based rate tariff and authorization to sell electric energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.

The company was formed for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, and operating the Solar Star XIII (Quinto) Project, an approximately 135 MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility in Merced County, California. It is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR).

The Quinto project is currently expected to begin generating test power in June 2015 and to commence commercial operation in January 2016. The project will include interconnecting transmission facilities necessary to connect this solar facility to the Pacific Gas and Electric transmission system operated by the California Independent System Operator. All of the output of the project will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to Southern California Edison.

First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) and SunPower had announced March 10 that 8point3 Energy Partners LP, a limited partnership formed by First Solar and SunPower to own and operate a portfolio of selected solar assets, has filed a Registration Statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering. 8point3 Energy Partners will apply to list the shares on the NASDAQ Global Market. Quinto is one of the projects to be turned over to this new company.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.