D.E. Shaw affiliate files exempt generator notice on 108-MW California solar project

62SK 8ME LLC on Feb. 23 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator status based on its development, ownership, and operation of an approximately 108 MW (nameplate) solar facility located in Kern County, California.

The company is developing and will own and operate the Springbok 1 project. It also owns certain transmission facilities necessary to interconnect the solar facility to a substation and to a 3.2-mile, 230-kV generator tie-line. It will share ownership of the substation and the tie-line with other co-located generating facilities still in development. These shared facilities will interconnect to the transmission system owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) within the LADWP balancing authority area.

The output of the facility is fully committed under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority expiring in 2041. On Feb. 4, the company also filed an application with FERC for market-based rate authorization. It expects to place the facility into commercial operation during the second quarter of 2016.

A project 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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