NextEra seeks exempt generator status related to California solar projects

NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center LLC, which will own interconnection facilities for four related solar projects in California, on Nov. 25 filed a notice with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator.

It is a direct subsidiary of: Blythe Solar 110 LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest; Blythe Solar II LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest; Blythe Solar III LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest; and Blythe Solar IV LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest. Each of Blythe Solar 110, Blythe II, Blythe III and Blythe IV is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center will own and provide services to its affiliates over an approximate ten-mile, 220-kV double circuit tower generation tie line, along with other related equipment, which will serve to interconnect initially Blythe Solar 110 and then over the next few years Blythe II, Blythe III and Blythe IV, to the Colorado River Substation

Blythe Solar 110 will own and operate a solar facility with 110 MW aggregate nameplate capacity located in Riverside County, California. Blythe Solar 110’s facility will operate within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority area, and interconnect to NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center, which through its interconnection facilities will interconnect to Southern California Edison‘s (SCE) Colorado River Substation. The Blythe Solar 110 Facility is expected to be energized in late November 2015.

A Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) provides for the interconnection of up to 485 MW of generating capacity, which accommodates the capacity needed for the interconnection of Blythe Solar 110 and then down the road Blythe II, Blythe III and Blythe IV.

Incidentally, up for possible approval at the Dec. 3 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission will be a resolution suggesting approval of a Southern California Edison request covering a renewable portfolio standard (RPS)-eligible power purchase agreement with Blythe Solar II LLC. Southern California Edison applied Sept. 23 for approval of this 20-year renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with Blythe Solar II.

The Blythe Solar II facility is to be located near Blythe, California, and have a capacity of approximately 131 MW. The solar photovoltaic (PV) project will have single-axis tracking, polycrystalline modules that will be located approximately 10 miles west of Blythe on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
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.