100-MW Boulder Solar project in Nevada due for test start in August

Boulder Solar Power LLC, which is developing a 100-MW project in Nevada, filed on April 7 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

The company formed for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, and operating the Boulder Solar I Project (a/k/a Boulder Solar I Nevada), an approximately 100 MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility to be located in Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada.

Boulder Solar Power is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of SunPower Corp., a Delaware corporation whose shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ. SunPower is a vertically-integrated solar products and services company that designs, manufactures and delivers high-efficiency and high-reliability solar photovoltaic panels and electricity generating systems to residential, business, government and utility customers. SunPower is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

The project is currently expected to begin trial operation and testing in August 2016 and achieve commercial operation in November 2016. The project will include interconnecting transmission facilities necessary to connect it to the Nevada Power d/b/a NV Energy transmission system. All of the net output of the project will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to NVE.

Under a Shared Facilities Agreement to be filed with the commission, Boulder Solar Power will share with two affiliates, Boulder Solar II LLC and Boulder Solar III LLC, certain common premises and facilities, including approximately 2.3 miles of aboveground, 230-kV transmission line necessary to interconnect the three projects to the NVE transmission system. The other two companies are developing and will construct, own, and operate two photovoltaic facilities, comprising approximately 100 MW (net) in the aggregate, and related interconnection facilities to be located in Clark County, Nevada. These companies have not yet self-certified their status as EWGs, but plan to do so later in their development process. They also do not yet have, but plan to apply for, market-based rate authorization from the commission. 

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