Slew of Coronal solar projects in North Carolina, Oregon due for operation soon

Avalon Solar Partners LLC filed a Dec. 1 notice with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that includes a long list of affiliated solar projects that are due for operation in the next year or so at various locations in mostly North Carolina and Oregon.

Avalon notified the commission of non-material changes in status resulting from its indirect affiliation (by partial ownership) with additional generation facilities which are soon expected to enter service (called the “New Affiliation” projects). The “New Affiliates” are: all qualifying small power production facilities (each a “QF”); and all fully committed to unaffiliated off-takers. None of the New Affiliates is located in the relevant Tucson Electric Power balancing area authority, where Avalon’s facility is located.

Avalon owns a 29 MW (ac) nameplate photovoltaic solar facility in Sahuarita, Arizona. Avalon is wholly owned by Coronal Avalon LLC. Tucson Electric entered into a power purchase agreement in 2010 pursuant to which it purchases 100% of the power generated by the facility for a period of twenty years from the facility’s commercial operation date in 2014.

Coronal Avalon is wholly owned by Coronal Group LLC, which is an alternative energy firm that develops, finances, builds, operates and maintains solar photovoltaic projects.

The New Affiliates are in no cases providing electricity; each remains under development, the filing noted. They are:

  • County Home Solar Center LLC, a 1 MW (net) QF located in Shelby, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Carolinas, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in January 2016.
  • Freemont Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in Stanley, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Carolinas, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in May 2016.
  • Mariposa Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in Stanley, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Carolinas, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in January 2016.
  • Crestwood Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in Oxford, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Carolinas, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in December 2015.
  • Cornwall Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in Oxford, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Carolinas, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in December 2015.
  • Littlefield Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in Ayden, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Ayden Public Works & Utilities, which is a municipal electric utility under North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). NCEMPA is the purchasing utility. Due in-service in December 2015.
  • Harrell’s Hill Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in Mount Olive, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Carolinas, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in December 2015.
  • Highland Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in the Town of Grifton, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Carolinas, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in December 2015.
  • Railroad Solar Center LLC is a 5 MW (net) QF located in Ontario, Oregon. It is interconnected to Idaho Power Co. (IPCO), which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in April 2016.
  • Thunderegg Solar Center LLC is a 10 MW (net) QF located in Nyssa, Oregon. It is interconnected to IPCO, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in April 2016.
  • Hyline Solar Center LLC is a 9 MW (net) QF located in Ontario, Oregon. It is interconnected to IPCO, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in April 2016.
  • Grove Solar Center LLC is a 6 MW (net) QF located in Vale, Oregon. It is interconnected to IPCO, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in April 2016.
  • Open Range Solar Center LLC is a 10 MW (net) QF located in Nyssa, Oregon. It is interconnected to IPCO, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in April 2016.
  • Vale Air Solar Center LLC is a 10 MW (net) QF located in Vale, Oregon. It is interconnected to IPCO, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in April 2016.
  • Fusion Solar Center LLC is a 20 MW (net) QF located in Sprague, Connecticut. It is interconnected to Connecticut Light & Power, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in 2016 (no specific month given).
  • Winding Oak Solar Center LLC is a 4.999 MW (net) QF located in Oxford, North Carolina. It is interconnected to Duke Energy Progress, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in 2016 (no month given).
  • Bly Solar Center LLC is an 8.5 MW (net) QF located in Bonanza, Oregon. It is interconnected to Pacific Power, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in December 2016.
  • Bear Creek Solar Center LLC is a 10 MW (net) QF located in Bend, Oregon. It is interconnected to Pacific Power, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in November 2016.
  • Elbe Solar Center LLC LLC is a 10 MW (net) QF located in Madras, Oregon. It is interconnected to Pacific Power, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in December 2016.
  • Adams Solar Center LLC is a 10 MW (net) QF located in Madras, Oregon. It is interconnected to Pacific Power, which is also the purchasing utility. Due in-service in August 2016.

Company contacts are: C. Thomas Paschall, Joseph M. Teltser, Avalon Solar Partners LLC c/o Coronal Group LLC, 150 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91105, tom@coronalgroup.com, jmt@coronalgroup.com.

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