45-MW Sandstone Solar project in Arizona due for commercial start in December

Sandstone Solar LLC, which has a power project in Arizona due for commercial operation late this year, on Sept. 21 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant it authority to sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Sandstone Solar owns a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 45 MW (ac) located in the Town of Florence, Arizona. The Sandstone Project is located within the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) balancing authority area in the Southwest region. Sandstone said it intends to file a notice of exempt wholesale generator status prior to reaching commercial operation. Sandstone expects commercial operation to occur during December 2015. 

The developer is committed to sell the entire output from the Sandstone Project under a 21-year power purchase agreement with SRP. The Sandstone Project will interconnect with the SRP-controlled grid at the Sandstone Solar substation.

Applicant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC. FTP is managed by a Board of Managers comprised of seven managers, and the right to designate managers to that board is determined by each member’s percentage ownership of the Common Units, with the exception of a single minority member-designated manager. The Common Units represent controlling interests and the Class A Units are non-controlling, passive interests. Therefore, only the Common Units are relevant for purposes of the horizontal market screen analysis. The Common Units in FTP are owned by three entities: Martifer-Silverado Fund I LLC (0.9% of the Common Units); Fir Tree Solar LLC (98.2% of the Common Units); and C2E LLC (0.9% of the Common Units).

Through FTP, the applicant is affiliated with multiple QFs located in first-tier markets in the Southwest region.

  • Each of Victor Mesa Linda B2 LLC, Victor Mesa Linda C2 LLC, Victor Mesa Linda D2 LLC and Victor Mesa Linda E2 LLC owns a solar PV project with a nominal rating of 1.5 MW located in San Bernardino County, California, that is self-certified as a QF and became commercially operational in November 2014. Each of VMLB2, VMLC2, VMLD2, and VMLE2 is committed to sell the full output of its project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • Lancaster Little Rock C LLC owns a solar PV project with a nominal rating of 5 MW located in Los Angeles County, California, that is self-certified as a QF and became commercially operational in December 2014. LLRC is committed to sell the full output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • Sierra Solar Greenworks LLC owns a solar PV project with a nominal rating of 20 MW located in Los Angeles County, California, that is self-certified as a Q and as an EWG and is projected to reach commercial operation during Fall 2015. Sierra Solar has a market-based rate tariff on file with the commission. Sierra Solar is committed to sell the full output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch A LLC owns a solar PV project with a nominal rating of 20 MW located in Los Angeles County, California, that is self-certified as a QF and as an EWG and became commercially operational in November 2014. WABSRA has a market-based rate tariff on file with the commission. WABSRA is committed to sell the full output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric.
  • Each of Victor Dry Farm Ranch A LLC and Victor Dry Farm Ranch B LLC owns a solar PV project with a nominal rating of 5.61 MW located in San Bernardino County, California, that is self-certified as a QF and became commercially operational in June 2015. Each of VDFRA and VDFRB is committed to sell the full output of its project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • SEPV Palmdale East LLC owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 11.5 MW (ac) located in Palmdale, California.   SEPV Palmdale East has filed a notice with the commission of the project’s status as a QF, and became commercially operational in July 2015. SEPV Palmdale East is committed to sell the full output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison. 
  • FTS Project Owner 1 LLC owns eleven solar PV projects with a combined nominal rating of 25.5 MW located in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, California (called the “USB Fund I Projects”). Each of the USB Fund I Projects is self-certified as a QF and is commercially operational. FTS Master Tenant 1 LLC, lessee of the USB Fund I Projects, is committed to sell the full output of each of the USB Fund I Projects under a separate long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • FTS Project Owner 2 LLC owns four solar PV projects, only one of which—­the SEPV18 project­—is located in the Southwest region. The SEPV18 project has a nominal rating of 2.7 MW and is located in Los Angeles County, California. The SEPV18 project is self-certified as a QF and is projected to reach commercial operation in December 2015. FTS Project Owner 2 is committed to sell the full output of the SEPV18 project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • Each of Powhatan Solar Generation Station 1 LLC, Otoe Solar Power Generation Station 1 LLC, Navajo Solar Power Generation Station 1 LLC, and Industry Solar Power Generation Station 1 LLC (called the “SPG Companies”) owns a solar PV project with a nominal rating of 1.5 MW located in San Bernardino County, California. Each of the SPG Projects is self-certified as a QF and is commercially operational. Each of the SPG Companies is committed to sell the full output of each of the SPG Projects under a separate long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • 67RK 8me,LLC (a/k/a “Redcrest”) is developing a solar PV project with a nominal rating of 16.7 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. Redcrest’s facility is expected to be commercially operational in September 2015. Redcrest has filed notices with the commission of its status as a QF and as an EWG. Redcrest has received market-based rate authority from the commission. Redcrest is committed to sell the full output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
  • 65HK 8me LLC (a/k/a “Hayworth”) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 27 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. Hayworth has filed notices with the commission of its status as a QF and as an EWG. Hayworth has received market-based rate authority from the commission. The Hayworth Project is scheduled to be placed in service in October 2015. Hayworth is committed to sell the full output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto.
  • 87RL 8me LLC (a/k/a “Woodmere”) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 15 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. Woodmere has filed a notice with the commission of its status as a QF, and as an EWG. Woodmere has received market-based rate authority from the commission. The Woodmere Project is scheduled to be placed in service in November 2015.  Woodmere is committed to sell the full output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric. 

A company contact is: Sean McBride, General Counsel, Sustainable Power Group LLC, 2180 South 1300 East, Suite 600, Salt Lake City, UT  84106, Telephone: (801) 679-3500, Fax: (801) 679-3501, smcbride@spower.com.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.