EDF affiliates revise shared transmission deal for California wind/solar projects

Pacific Wind Lessee LLC, Catalina Solar Lessee LLC and Catalina Solar 2 LLC on April 16 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a revised Shared Transmission Facilities Agreement (SFA).

  • Under a structured lease financing arrangement with Pacific Wind LLC, Pacific Wind Lessee controls and operates a 140-MW wind facility in the Antelope Valley of Kern County, California. That facility is interconnected with the Whirlwind Substation owned by Southern California Edison, located within the balancing authority area of the California Independent System Operator.
  • Catalina Solar Lessee manages and operates a 110-MW (nameplate) photovoltaic solar facility in Kern County under a structured lease financing with Catalina Solar LLC. That generating facility is also interconnected with the Whirlwind Substation and all the output of the facility is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • Catalina Solar 2 is developing an 18-MW (nameplate) photovoltaic solar facility in Kern County. That generating facility also will be interconnected with the Whirlwind Substation and all the output will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to Southern California Edison.

The commission recently approved the disposition of all the ownership interests in Catalina Solar 2 to an unaffiliated entity, Dominion Solar Holdings Inc. At the time the SFA was filed with the commission in 2012, Catalina Solar 2 anticipated developing a 40-MW facility. It is now developing a smaller (18 MW) project and has made a partial assignment of its co-tenancy interest in the shared interconnection facilities to another project company, Bar13 Solar LLC, that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewable Development, an original party to the SFA. Bar13 is developing an 18-MW project of its own.

The parties to the SFA include Pacific Wind Lessee, Catalina Solar Lessee, and Catalina Solar 2, as well as other project companies that are also developing generation facilities in the Antelope Valley but whose projects are not as far along as the generating facilities of the applicants.

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