Southern California Ed works out interconnect for 10-MW SunPower project

Southern California Edison on Dec. 1 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Small Generator Interconnection Agreement with Solar Star California XLIV LLC, the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) and the California Independent System Operator.

Solar Star submitted a request to the CAISO to interconnect a proposed 9.5 net MW (10 gross MW) solar photovoltaic facility named the Pearblossom Solar Project, to be located in Pearblossom, California, and transmit energy to the CAISO-controlled grid. Solar Star proposes to interconnect to SCE’s Vincent Substation at the 220-kV bus by utilizing the existing Pearblossom-Vincent 220-kV transmission line. Currently, the Pearblossom-Vincent 220kV transmission line is solely used to interconnect CDWR’s existing Pearblossom Pumping Plant.

SCE owns approximately 13.1 miles of the Pearblossom-Vincent 220-kV transmission line outside of CDWR’s property line, and CDWR owns the portion of the line that is located on its property. Solar Star proposes to interconnect its project to the portion of the line owned by CDWR. It proposes a commercial operation date of Dec. 16, 2016, for the project.

A project contact is: Solar Star California XLIV LLC, 2900 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758, Attn: Brad Harmon, That is contact information for solar project developer SunPower.

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