SunEdison, Dominion seek exempt generator status for three 80-MW projects

Escalante Solar I LLC, which has an 80-MW solar project in Utah that is due for commercial operation this summer, on Feb. 1 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification that it is an exempt wholesale generator.

Escalante Solar I is wholly owned by Four Brothers Solar LLC. One hundred percent of the Class A membership interest in Four Brothers Solar is owned by Four Brothers Holdings LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of SunEdison Inc. One hundred percent of the Class B membership interest in Four Brothers Solar is owned by Dominion Solar Projects III Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D).

Escalante Solar I is constructing and will own an 80 MW (nameplate) solar facility to be located near the Town of Milford, Beaver County, Utah. It will sell electric capacity and energy produced from the facility at wholesale under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power. Escalante Solar I anticipates that the facility will begin commercial operations in August 2016.

The facility will consist of approximately 340,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and interconnection facilities necessary to connect the facility to proposed transmission facilities owned by PacifiCorp, including 40 pad-mounted 34.5 kilovolt (kV)/800 volt (V) step-up transformers, a 34.5 kV collector system, and a shared 34.5/345 kV transformer, 345 kV circuit breaker, and 345 kV generation tie-line less than 500 feet in length. The shared 345-kV generation tie-line, transformer and circuit breaker are shared by three generation facilities (the Escalante Solar I Plant, the Escalante Solar II Plant, and the Escalante Solar III Plant), each respectively owned by Escalante Solar I, Escalante Solar II LLC and Escalante Solar III LLC.

Escalante Solar II and Escalante Solar III on Feb. 1 filed similar EWG notices with FERC. They are also co-owned by SunEdison and Dominion.

  • Escalante Solar II is constructing and will own an 80 MW (nameplate) solar facility to be located near Milford in Beaver County. It will sell electric capacity and energy produced from the facility at wholesale under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power. Escalante II anticipates that the facility will begin commercial operations in August 2016.
  • Escalante Solar III is constructing and will own an 80 MW (nameplate) solar facility to be located near Milford in Beaver County. Escalante Solar III will sell electric capacity and energy produced from the facility at wholesale under a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power. The company anticipates that the facility will begin commercial operations in August 2016.
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