101-MW White Pine Solar project in Georgia due for operation in May

White Pine Solar LLC applied March 25 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

White Pine will own and operate a photovoltaic generating facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 101.3 MW located in Taylor County, Georgia, within the SOCO balancing authority area. Applicant has submitted a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission.

The facility may start producing test energy as early as May 24, 2016. It will interconnect with Georgia Power’s transmission system. Applicant has also entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, a non-affiliate, for 100% of the power produced by the facility, as of January 1, 2017. Georgia Power will also purchase all the test energy from the facility under the PPA as of May 24, 2016, or such other date when test energy starts being produced.

In addition, the parties are finalizing a separate power sales agreement under which Georgia Power will purchase all the energy from the facility once the test energy phase is completed in 2016 and until regular sales under the PPA commence on January 1, 2017. Significantly, the PPA is in effect during this period, but these post-test energy sales will be made under the separate power sales agreement.

Applicant is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Georgia Longleaf Solar 1 LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is under NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

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