30-MW Red Horse III solar project due for commercial ops next quarter

Red Horse III LLC filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 23 a notice of self-certification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator based on its development, ownership, and operation of an approximately 30-MW (nameplate) solar facility located in Cochise County, Arizona.

The company also owns certain transmission facilities necessary to interconnect the facility to a substation and to a 150-foot, 345-kV overhead tie-line that is connected to the electric transmission system owned and operated by Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEPC) within the TEPC balancing authority area. The substation and the 150-foot, 345 kV tie-line are owned by Red Horse Wind 2 LLC, an affiliate of the applicant that owns an adjacent combined wind and solar generating facility.

The output of the Red Horse III facility is fully committed under a 25-year power purchase agreement with TEPC expiring in 2041. On Feb. 4, the company filed an application for market-based rate authorization. Red Horse III expects to place the facility into commercial operation during the second quarter of 2016.

An applicant contact is: Nathan Thomas, Chief Compliance Officer, The D. E. Shaw Group, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10036 Tel: (212) 478-0000, regulatory@deshaw.com.

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