NextEra’s Blythe Solar II files for market authority on 131-MW project

Blythe Solar II LLC on Dec. 23 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Blythe Solar II will own and operate a solar photovoltaic facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 131.2 MW located in Riverside County, California, within the California ISO balancing authority area. The facility will connect to its affiliate, NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center LLC, which through its interconnection facilities will interconnect to Southern California Edison’s Colorado River Substation 220-kV bus.

Blythe Solar II has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. Applicant will submit a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission.

This project company is part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is a unit of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

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 FERC 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.

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 CAISO balancing authority area, and interconnect to NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center, which through its interconnection facilities will interconnect to Southern California Edison’s Colorado River Substation.

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