10-MW Western Antelope solar project due for test start in September 2016

Western Antelope Dry Ranch LLC on June 17 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 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.

Applicant is developing a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 10 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The WADR Project is located within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area in the Southwest region. Applicant has filed a notice with the commission of its status as a qualifying small power production facility (QF) and intends to file a notice of its status as an exempt wholesale generator prior to reaching commercial operation.

Western Antelope Dry Ranch expects the WADR Project to begin generating test power during September 2016 and reach commercial operation during October 2016.

As a QF with a nameplate capacity rating of 10 MW (ac), the WADR Project would normally be exempt from Section 205 of the Federal Power Act and would not be required to have a market-based rate schedule on file with the commission. However, its affiliate owns and operates an existing solar PV facility located less than one mile from the WADR Project. Specifically, Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch A LLC owns and operates a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Los Angeles County, California (the “WABSRA Project”). Because the WADR Project and the WABSRA Project will be located less than one mile apart, once the WADR Project is placed in service, the WADR Project and the WABSRA Project will be aggregated for purposes of determining the size of their QFs. 

Western Antelope Dry Ranch is committed to sell the entire output from the WADR Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the City of Lancaster d/b/a Lancaster Choice Energy. The expiration date of the power purchase agreement for the WADR Project will be determined based on its commercial operation date and therefore will not be known until the project reaches commercial operation. The WADR Project will interconnect with the CAISO-controlled grid at the Antelope Substation.

Applicant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC.

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