The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 26 accepted a July 17 application by Solar Star Colorado III LLC for acceptance of its proposed baseline market-based rate tariff.
The company was formed for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, and operating the Hooper Solar Project, an approximately 52 MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility located in Alamosa County, Colorado. Solar Star said iin the application that it expects to begin trial operation and testing of the project in September 2015.
The project will be constructed in two phases:
- Phase I (up to 25 MW), is currently expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of November 2015; and
- Phase II is expected to achieve commercial operation in December 2015.
The project will include interconnecting transmission facilities necessary to connect it to the transmission system owned and operated by Public Service Co. of Colorado (PSCo). Solar Star will sell all of the net output of the project to PSCo under two power purchase agreements (PPAs), one of which is a short-term PPA through approximately October 2016 and the other a long-term PPA for the next 20 years.
The project company is an indirect subsidiary of SunPower Corp., which is a vertically-integrated solar products and services company that designs, manufactures and delivers high-efficiency and high-reliability solar photovoltaic panels and electricity generating systems to residential, business, government and utility customers.