RE Astoria 2 seeks market authority for its 65-MW solar project in California

RE Astoria 2 LLC, which is developing a 65-MW solar project in California, on Nov. 18 applied at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for various approvals, including the authority to sell energy, capacity and ancillary services in wholesale transactions within the Southwest region at negotiated, market-based rates.

RE Astoria 2 is developing, and will own and operate an approximately 65-MW solar photovoltaic project and related interconnection facilities located in Kern County, California. The RE Astoria 2 Facility will interconnect with the Southern California Edison (SCE) distribution system within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area (BAA) via a generation tie-line and related interconnection facilities.

These shared facilities will be owned and shared among RE Astoria LLC, RE Astoria 2, RE Garland LLC, RE Garland A LLC and RE Garland 2 LLC.

All of the output from the RE Astoria 2 Facility will be sold at wholesale pursuant to several power purchase agreements (PPAs), each with a term of 20 years, with the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority, and the cities of Lodi, Corona, Morena Valley and Rancho Cucamonga, California. The project is due in-service on Aug. 31, 2016.

RE Astoria 2 is part of Recurrent Energy LLC. Based in San Francisco, California, Recurrent develops, owns, and manages utility-scale solar projects throughout the United States. Recurrent is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ), headquartered in Ontario, Canada.

Affiliated companies within the CAISO region include:

  • RE Astoria is developing, and will own and operate an approximately 100-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Kern County, California. RE Astoria is an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, which is scheduled to occur in March 2016. All of the output from the Astoria Facility will be sold at wholesale pursuant to a 15-year PPA with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
  • RE Garland is developing and will own and operate an approximately 180-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Kern County, California. RE Garland is an EWG and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, scheduled to occur in April 2016. All of the output from the Garland Facility will be sold at wholesale under a 15-year PPA with SCE.
  • RE Garland A is developing and will own and operate an approximately 20-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Kern County, California. Garland A is an EWG and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, which is scheduled to occur in April 2016. All of the output from the Garland A Facility will be sold at wholesale under a 20-year PPA with SCE.
  • RE Tranquillity LLC is developing and will own and operate an approximately 200-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Fresno County, California. Tranquillity is an EWG and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, which is scheduled to occur in February 2016. All of the output from the Tranquillity Facility will be sold at wholesale pursuant to a 15-year PPA with SCE.
  • RE Mustang LLC is developing, and will own and operate an approximately 30-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Kings County, California. The Mustang Shared Facilities will be owned and shared among RE Mustang, RE Mustang 3 LLC and RE Mustang 4 LLC as tenants in common pursuant to a shared facilities agreement and a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement Co-Tenancy Agreement that will be filed with the commission before the first co-tenant commences use of the Mustang Shared Facilities. RE Mustang is an EWG and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, which is scheduled to occur in February 2016. All of the output from the Mustang Facility will be sold at wholesale to Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) under a 20-year PPA.
  • RE Mustang 3 is developing and will own and operate an approximately 40-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Fresno County, California. RE Mustang 3 is an EWG and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, which is scheduled to occur in February 2016. All of the output from the Mustang 3 Facility will be sold at wholesale pursuant to a 20-year PPA with SCP.
  • RE Mustang 4 is developing and will own and operate an approximately 30-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Fresno County, California. RE Mustang 4 is an EWG and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, which is scheduled to occur in February 2016. All of the output from the Mustang 4 Facility will be sold at wholesale pursuant to a 20-year PPA with SCP.
  • RE Barren Ridge 1 LLC is developing and will own and operate an approximately 60-MW solar PV project and related interconnection facilities located in Kern County, California. RE Barren Ridge is an EWG and will apply for market-based rate authority prior to initial synchronization, which is scheduled to occur in March 2016. All of the output from the Barren Ridge Facility will be sold at wholesale pursuant to a 20-year PPA with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

A company contact is: Mitchell Randall, General Counsel, Recurrent Energy LLC, 300 California Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104, Phone: (415) 675-1500, legal@recurrentenergy.com.

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