FTP Power has several California solar projects due to go commercial in 2016

Beacon Solar 4 LLC on May 19 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue an order that accepts its market-based rate schedule, under which it will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Beacon Solar 4 is developing a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity rating of about 50 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The project is located within the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) balancing authority area in the Southwest region. Applicant expects the Beacon Solar 4 Project to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation during that same month. 

Applicant is committed to sell the entire output from the Beacon Solar 4 Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with LADWP. The Beacon Solar 4 Project will interconnect with LADWP at the Beacon Solar 4 Project site. Applicant will own no transmission facilities other than limited interconnection facilities needed to connect the Beacon Solar 4 Project with the transmission system. 

Beacon Solar 4 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC.

This project company listed a number of affiliated project companies in the same region, several of which had solar projects that reached commercial operation in December 2015. The affiliates with in-development projects are:

  • Central Antelope Dry Ranch C LLC (CADRC) owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The CADRC Project reached commercial operation in May 2016. CADRC is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison that expires on or about May 6, 2036.
  • Summer Solar LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Summer Solar Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during May 2016 and to reach commercial operation during June 2016. Summer Solar is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
  • Antelope Big Sky Ranch LLC (ABSR) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The ABSR Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during June 2016 and to reach commercial operation during June 2016. ABSR is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25 year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
  • Elevation Solar C LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 40 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Elevation Solar C Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation during November 2016. Elevation Solar C is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto. 
  • Beacon Solar 1 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 56 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 1 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during December 2016 and to reach commercial operation during January 2017. Beacon Solar 1 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with LADWP.
  • Beacon Solar 3 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 56 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 3 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during November 2016 and to reach commercial operation during December 2016. Beacon Solar 3 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with LADWP.

The affiliates with projects that went commercial this past December include:

  • 65HK 8me LLC (aka “Hayworth”) owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 27 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. Hayworth is committed to sell the full output of the project under a power purchase agreement with an initial term of 27 years with the City of Palo Alto, that expires on or about Dec. 22, 2042.
  • 87RL 8me LLC (aka “Woodmere”) owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 15 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. Woodmere is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric that expires on or about Dec. 23, 2035.
  • Sandstone Solar LLC owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 45 MW (ac) located in the Town of Florence, Arizona, in the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) balancing authority area. Sandstone is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 21-year power purchase agreement with SRP that expires on or about Dec. 30, 2036.
  • Adera Solar LLC owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 19.8 MW (ac) located in the Town of Chowchilla, California. Adera is committed to sell the full output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison that expires on or about Dec. 21, 2035.
  • Citizen Solar B LLC owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 5 MW (ac) located in the Town of Mendota, California. Citizen Solar B is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison that expires on or about Dec. 7, 2035.
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