20-MW Summer Solar project in California due for test start-up in May

Summer Solar LLC, which is developing a 20-MW (ac) project in California, on Feb. 4 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator.

The company owns and will operate a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility under development in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The facility will interconnect with the Southern California Edison system at the Antelope Valley Substation within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area.

The facility has an executed power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) under which the applicant will sell all of the output to SCPPA. The facility is expected to begin generating test energy in May 2016.

Summer Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC.

Summer Solar on Feb. 4 also filed with FERC an application for approval for market-based authority. “As a QF with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MWac, the Summer Solar 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,” the company noted. “However, as described below, Applicant’s affiliates own and operate existing and development-stage solar PV facilities that are located less than one mile from the Summer Solar Project and are either currently operational or expected to reach commercial operation before the Summer Solar Project.”

  • First, 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 Summer Solar Project in Lancaster, California. The Lancaster Projects reached commercial operation at various times during 2014.
  • Second, Central Antelope Dry Ranch C LLC is developing a solar PV project of approximately 20 MW (ac) that is also located less than one mile from the Summer Solar Project in Lancaster, California. This project is expected to begin generating test power during February 2016 and reach commercial operation during March 2016.

Because the Summer Solar Project, the Lancaster Projects, and the CADRC Project will be located less than one mile apart, once the Summer Solar Project is placed in service, all of the Lancaster Projects, the CADRC Project, and the Summer Solar Project will be aggregated for purposes of determining the size of their QFs.

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