PaciCorp seeks approvals in Utah for three solar power contracts

PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power applied April 10 with the Utah Public Service Commission for approval of three deals to buy solar power.

The MW size of these projects is redacted from the public versions of these filings.

  • One application covers a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement between PacifiCorp and Granite Mountain Solar West LLC, dated April 6, 2015. The company is obligated to purchase power from qualifying facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Under the agreement, Granite Mountain West represents itself to be a qualifying facility (QF). The agreement provides for the sale to the company of energy to be generated by Granite Mountain West, from a solar facility located in Iron County, Utah.
  • Another 20-year Power Purchase Agreement is with a QF, Granite Mountain Solar East LLC, for a solar project in Iron County, Utah.
  • There is also a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with another QF, Iron Springs Solar LLC. This solar facility will also be located in Iron County, Utah. 

Project developer contact information in an all three PPAs is: c/o Sun Edison LLC, 12500 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, Maryland 20705 Attn: Utility Legal, Phone: (443) 909-7200, Fax: (240) 264-8260.

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) announced April 9 that it had signed agreements to construct and install three new utility-scale solar plants in southern Utah with a total capacity of 262 MW (dc). It said PacifiCorp will purchase the electricity through three 20-year deals. It said the three projects are to be located in Iron County and are: the 63-MW (dc) Granite Mountain Solar West plant, the 100-MW (dc) Granite Mountain Solar East plant and the 99 MW (dc) Iron Springs Solar project. Construction of these solar farms is expected to begin in the fall of 2015 with commercial operations expected in 2016.

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