Southern California Ed works out interconnect for 200-MW Recurrent solar project

Southern California Edison on May 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with an affiliate of Recurrent Energy for a 200-MW solar project that is due for commercial operation by May 2016.

The project developer is RE Garland LLC, with the California Independent System Operator being the other party to the agreement.

Through a new, 3.9-mile 220-kV generation tie-line from the Desert Star switching station, the project would interconnect to Southern California Edison’s Whirlwind Substation. The LGIA describes the project as: “All equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s 200 net MW (204 gross MW) solar photovoltaic RE Garland generating facility in Rosamond, California, as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer in its Interconnection Request, as may have been amended during the Interconnection Study process, which consists of (i) 204 Power One Aurora Ultra 1500 inverters (1.0 MW each) with a total capacity of 204 MW and project auxilary load of 4 MW for a net output of 200 MW, (ii) the associated infrastructure, (iii) meters and metering equipment, and (iv) appurtenant equipment.”

The commercial operation target date for the project under the LGIA is May 30, 2016. The contact information in the LGIA is for Recurrent Energy, which was recently acquired by Canadian Solar.

FERC in November 2014 accepted Southern California Edison’s filing of a Letter Agreement with RE Garland for this project. The Letter Agreement established an interim interconnection arrangement under which SoCal Edison could commence, and RE Garland will pay for, the engineering, design, preparation of specifications, and procurement of material and equipment to interconnect the RE Garland project.

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