PacifiCorp seeks approval for contract with 80-MW Sigurd Solar project

PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power filed an Oct. 12 application with the Utah Public Service Commission for approval of a Sept. 18 Power Purchase Agreement with Sigurd Solar LLC for an 80-MW (ac) project in Sevier County, Utah.

A copy of the PPA was attached to the application. The agreement is for a term of 20 years from the scheduled Commercial Operation Date, which is Oct. 31, 2016.

The agreement constitutes a “New QF Contract” under the PacifiCorp Interjurisdictional Cost Allocation Protocol, previously filed with the commission. According to the terms of the protocol, the costs of the QF provisions would be allocated as a system resource, unless any portion of those costs exceeds the cost the company would have otherwise incurred acquiring comparable resources.

Sigurd Solar has approximately 700 acres of private grazing and agricultural land under site control utilizing a Solar Site Control Agreement (SCA) with B&K Anderson Ranch LLC, a single private landowner. This facility will consist of approximately 335,000 solar panels rated at 310 watts DC manufactured by Yingli Solar, 40 inverters manufactured by SMA, and DuraTrack HZ tracking system (if applicable) manufactured by ATI.

The system will consist of crystalline (c-Si) panels with a nominal DC rating of 310 watts per panel and an aggregate nameplate capacity of approximately 104 MW (dc). The panels will be erected on a single axis tracker system, including controls and 40# 2000 kWac SMA inverters.

Project contacts listed in the PPA are: 

  • Eric Blank, Manager, Sigurd Solar LLC, 3 Radnor Corporate Center, Suite 300, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087, Phone: 303-544-1900; and
  • Molly Arbes, Treasurer, Community Energy Inc., 3 Radnor Corporate Center, Suite 300, 100 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087, Phone: 1-866-964-3123.

That is contact information for Community Energy, which says about itself on its website: “Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) was founded in 1999 to ignite the market for fuel-free energy and develop solar and wind generation. CEI built the voluntary market for renewable energy, spurring the demand for hundreds of megawatts of new wind generation with retail customers ahead of state mandates. Now a leading solar developer, CEI has developed hundreds of MW of utility-scale solar across the country including two of the largest projects nation-wide in Georgia and Colorado. CEI also develops customer-sited and community-scale solar projects for businesses, universities, and residential customers.”

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