FERC accepts revised interconnect deal for Desert Stateline solar project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 7 accepted an Aug. 21 filing by Southern California Edison of an amended Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Desert Stateline LLC for the nearly 300-MW Desert Stateline solar facility in Ivanpah Valley, California.

Various changes, including changes in the project description, were made from an original LGIA first accepted by the commission in 2011. One change is that the net capacity at the Point of Interconnection has gone from 300 MW before, to 296.2 MW in the new version.

The project’s Point of Interconnection is at the utility’s Ivanpah Substation at the 220 kV bus. The commercial operation target date for this photovoltaic project (which is unchanged) is Dec. 31, 2016.

A project contact listed in the LGIA is: Mark Osterholt, Director, Asset Management, First Solar Development LLC, 135 Main St., 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone 415.935.2534, Facsimile 415.935.2501, Mark.Osterholt@firstsolar.com.

In other recent news for this project:

  • Desert Stateline LLC, in a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator filed Sept. 23 at FERC, said that its project is in construction. Desert Stateline said it is a subsidiary of Southern Renewable Partnerships LLC (SRP), which owns 100% of the Class A Membership Interests, which interests grant managerial and operational control over Desert Stateline and the facility. The balance of ownership interest in Desert Stateline are passive in nature and are held by unaffiliated investors as Class B Membership Interests. SRP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO). All of the facility’s output is contractually committed to Southern California Edison for 20 years under a power purchase agreement.
  • Southern Power on Sept. 2 had announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company’s largest solar asset – the 300-MW Desert Stateline Facility – from First Solar, which will retain the remaining interest in the project. First Solar is building and will operate and maintain the Desert Stateline facility. Construction of the plant began in October 2014 and it is expected to be completed in phases. The plant is slated to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016.
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