Commercial operation for 40-MW Tulare solar project moved up by three years

Southern California Edison filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 24 a First Amended Clustering Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Nicolis LLC, Tropico LLC, Tulare 3 LLC and the manager of those solar project companies, Tulare Management Co. LLC.

The original CLGIA specified the terms and conditions pursuant to which SCE will design, procure, construct, own, operate, and maintain the interconnection facilities and distribution upgrades required to interconnect the generating facility named the Tulare Solar Power Project located in Tulare, California, to SCE’s system. This covers 40 MW of power produced by the project and interconnected at SCE’s Vestal Substation at the 220 kV bus.

FERC accepted the original CLGIA and original service agreement for filing in May 2014. The milestones and construction schedule in the original CLGIA were based on SCE’s assumption in the Phase II Interconnection Study that a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity filing was required pursuant to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requirements with an estimated 36 months to complete the environmental permitting and licensing activities and an additional estimated 24 months to complete engineering, procurement and construction activities. SCE has subsequently determined that the work is exempt from these requirements.

The amended agreements reflect: shorter project timeline and revised payment schedule by approximately three years: modifications to SCE’s interconnection work based on SCE detailed engineering and design; revised cost estimates due to a change in the scope of work; revised charges; Tulare 1 LLC and Tulare 2 LLC changing their names to Nicolis LLC and Tropico LLC, respectively; and a change in project name from Tulare Solar Power Project to Tulare Solar Center 1 Project. 

Under this revision, the targeted commercial operation date for the project has been moved up from the original Feb. 28, 2019, to March 30, 2016.

The Tulare Solar Center 1 Project is expected to be owned as follows: 20 MW net output by Nicolis LLC; 14 MW net output by Tropico LLC; and 6 MW net output by Tulare 3 LLC.

A project contact is: Tulare Management Co. LLC c/o Wellhead Electric, Douglas E. Davie, Vice President, ddavie@wellhead.com.

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