PacifiCorp seeks approval for power purchase deal with Pavant Solar II

PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power on April 9 requested approval from the Utah Public Service Commission for a Power Purchase Agreement with Pavant Solar II LLC.

The company noted that it is obligated to purchase power from qualifying facilities pursuant to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, Utah law, and the commission’s orders in this area. Under the agreement, Pavant Solar II represents itself to be a qualifying facility, and agrees to provide the company, upon request, with evidence to show its qualifying facility status.

The agreement provides for the sale to PacifiCorp of energy to be generated by Pavant Solar II from a solar facility located in Millard County, Utah. The agreement is for a term of 20 years from the Commercial Operation Date. All interconnection requirements will be met and the facility will be fully integrated with the Rocky Mountain Power system. The description of this facility in the PPA is completely blacked out.

A project contact listed in the PPA is: Pavant Solar II LLC c/o juwi solar Inc., 1710 29th Street, Suite 1068, Boulder, CO 80301, Attn: Director, Project Management and Engineering, fax (303) 442-1981. Another listed contact is: Jay Sonnenberg, juwi solar Inc., 1710 29th Street, Suite 1068, Boulder, CO 80301, E-mail: jsonnenberg@juwisolar.com.

The commission has set an April 16 scheduling conference to work out the timeline for its review of this application.

In July 2014, the commission approved a PPA between PacifiCorp and juwi solar’s Pavant Solar LLC. That agreement provides for the sale of electric energy and capacity to PacifiCorp to be generated from a solar facility located in Millard County, Utah, for a period of 20 years. Again, the size of this project wasn’t put in the public record in that PSC case. But juwi solar did announce in November 2014 that it had sold the ownership interests in the 50-MW (ac) Pavant Solar project to Dominion Resources (NYSE: D). 

Said the juwi solar website: “juwi solar Inc. (JSI), based in Boulder, Colorado, is a developer and turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (‘EPC’) contractor of solar power plants throughout North America, with a focus on projects 1 megawatt or larger. The majority shareholder of JSI is juwi Holding AG, which ranks among Europe’s leading renewable energy companies. (The balance of JSI’s shareholders are U.S. individuals or companies.) juwi develops, builds and operates large-scale solar, wind and biomass energy projects. With approximately 600 employees in juwi’s solar group, the company has been involved in the development, design, construction and operation of more than 1,500 photovoltaic projects globally, totaling more than 1GW of operating capacity.”

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