300-MW California solar project changes name; split among five companies

Southern California Edison on April 7 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a First Amended Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Solar Star California XLI LLC, Golden Fields Solar I LLC, Golden Fields Solar II LLC, Golden Fields III LLC, Golden Fields IV LLC and the California Independent System Operator.

In October 2014, the project’s original developer SGS Antelope Valley Development LLC, plus CAISO and SCE, entered into the original LGIA. But since then there has been a change in the interconnection customer from SGS Antelope Valley Development LLC to Solar Star California XLI, Golden Fields Solar I, Golden Fields Solar II, Golden Fields III and Golden Fields IV. Other changes include a change in project name from SGS Antelope Valley Development Project to the Rosamond West Solar Project.

The amended LGIA describes the project as: “The Large Generating Facility, located in Kern County, California, includes but is not limited to all equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s proposed 306.75 MW (gross output), 299.6 MW (net output) at the Point of Interconnection, solar photovoltaic Rosamond West Solar generating facility as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer in its Interconnection Request, as may have been amended during the Interconnection Study process and in CAISO material modification analysis dated October 13, 2015.

“As shown in the one line representation of the Large Generation Facility below, the Rosamond West Solar Project consists of one hundred fifty (150) SunPower inverters (SMA or equivalent) each rated at 2.045 MW for a total of 306.75 MW at the inverter terminal divided into five (5) phases as follows: (i) 27 inverters with a total gross output of 55.215 MW at the inverter terminal (“Phase 1”), 27 inverters with a total gross output of 55.215 MW at the inverter terminal (“Phase 2”), 43 inverters with a total gross output of 87.935 MW at the inverter terminals (“Phase 3”), 42 inverters with a total gross output of 85.890 MW at the inverter terminal (“Phase 4”), and 11 inverters with a total gross output of 22.495 MW at the inverter terminal (“Phase 5”) (ii) distribution feeders used to collect the gross output from the individual inverters (iii) auxiliary loads at 34.5 kV, (iv) the associated infrastructure and step-up transformers, (v) meters and metering equipment, and (vi) appurtenant equipment.”

The revised LGIA has two commercial operation dates:

  • Phase 1 through Phase 4, 12/1/16; and
  • Phase 5, 12/1/18.

A project contact listed in the amended LGIA is: SunPower Corp., Attn: Alan Comnes, Alan.comnes@SunPower.com, 2900 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758.

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