First Solar’s Kingbird A and B project companies file exempt generator notices

Two affiliated companies with California solar projects, Kingbird Solar A LLC and Kingbird Solar B LLC, on Jan. 11 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notices of self-certification as exempt wholesale generators.

Kingbird A is in the business of owning and operating an approximately 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility and selling electric products exclusively at wholesale from the facility. Kingbird A is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of First Solar Inc., which indirectly owns 100% of the managing Class A and non-managing Class B membership interests in Kingbird A. First Solar was formed in 1999, and its stock is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol FSLR.

All of the Kingbird A facility’s electrical output is contractually committed to the City of Pasadena, California, for a period of 20 years pursuant to a power purchase agreement which can be extended for an additional five years at the customer’s option. Kingbird A expects to energize the facility for purposes of operational testing in the near future.

Kingbird A is a party to the Kingbird Solar A Small Generator Interconnection Agreement, dated March 2014, by and among Kingbird A, Southern California Edison (SCE), and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). Kingbird A will interconnect with the SCE transmission system via rights it has obtained pursuant to a Shared Facilities Common Ownership Agreement dated as of July 2013 between Kingbird Solar LLC, the parent company of Kingbird A, and AV Solar Ranch 1 LLC (AVSR 1), and pursuant to a Shared Facilities Common Ownership Agreement dated as of July 2011 among Kingbird, AVSR 1, and Whirlwind Solar Star LLC. AVSR 1 and Solar Star are not affiliated with Kingbird A.

Kingbird Solar B is also engaged in the business of owning and operating an approximately 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility and selling electric products exclusively at wholesale from the facility. Kingbird B is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of First Solar.

All of the Kingbird B facility’s electrical output is contractually committed to the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), for a period of 20 years pursuant to a power purchase agreement which can be extended for an additional five years at the customer’s option. Kingbird B expects to energize the facility for purposes of operational testing in the near future.

Kingbird B is a party to the Kingbird Solar B Small Generator Interconnection Agreement, dated March 2014, by and among Kingbird B, SCE and CAISO. Kingbird B will interconnect with the SCE transmission system via rights it has obtained pursuant to a Shared Facilities Common Ownership Agreement dated as of July 2013 between Kingbird Solar, the parent company of Kingbird B, and AVSR 1, and pursuant to a Shared Facilities Common Ownership Agreement dated as of July 2011 among Kingbird, AVSR 1, and Whirlwind Solar Star. AVSR 1 and Solar Star are not affiliated with Kingbird B.

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