Central Antelope 20-MW solar project due for commercial ops in March

Central Antelope Dry Ranch C LLC filed a Dec. 4 request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue an order that accepts its market-based rate schedule, and a tariff under which it will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Applicant is developing a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 20 MW (ac) (22.47 MW dc) located in the City of Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California (the “CADRC Project”).  The CADRC Project is located within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area in the Southwest region. Applicant has filed notices with the commission of its status as a qualifying small power production facility (QF) and as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG).

Central Antelope  expects the CADRC Project to begin generating test power during February 2016 and reach commercial operation during March 2016. 

As a QF with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW AC, the CADRC Project would normally be exempt from Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) and would not be required to have a market-based rate schedule on file with the commission to sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. However, applicant’s affiliate, FTS Master Tenant 1 LLC, operates eight separate solar PV power projects with an aggregate net capacity of less than 20 MW (ac) that are located less than one mile from the CADRC Project in the City of Lancaster. The Lancaster Projects reached commercial operation at various times during 2014. Because the CADRC Project and the Lancaster Projects will be located less than one mile apart, once the CADRC Project is placed in service, all of the Lancaster Projects and the CADRC Project will be aggregated for purposes of determining the size of their QFs and the applicant is concerned that the CADRC Project will not be exempt from Section 205 of the FPA.

Applicant is committed to sell the entire output from the CADRC Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison. The CADRC Project will interconnect with the CAISO-controlled grid at the Antelope Valley Substation. 

Applicant is affliated with Sustainable Power Group LLC (sPower), and sPower, in turn, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC.