20-MW Western Antelope solar project in California to go commercial in November 2016

Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B LLC on June 21 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accept its market-based rate schedule, effective June 22, under which it will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

The applicant is developing a solar photovoltaic (PV) project with a nameplate capacity rating of about 20 MW (ac), located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California (called the “WABSRB Project”). The WABSRB Project is located within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) 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 on June 21 filed a notice of its status as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG).

Western Antelope expects the WABSRB Project to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation during November 2016.

As a QF with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac), the WABSRB Project would normally be exempt from Section 205 of the Federal Power Act and would not be required to have a marke-tbased rate schedule on file with the commission. However, its affiliates own and operate existing operational solar PV facilities that are located less than one mile from the WABSRB Project. For example, Central Antelope Dry Ranch C LLC (CADRC) owns and operates a solar PV project of approximately 20 MW (ac) that is located less than one mile from the WABSRB Project in Lancaster, California. The CADRC Project reached commercial operation in May 2016.

Western Antelope is committed to sell the entire output from the WABSRB Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto. The expiration date of the power purchase agreement for the WABSRB Project will be determined based on its commercial operation date and therefore will not be known until the project reaches commercial operation. The WABSRB Project will interconnect with the CAISO-controlled grid at the Antelope Substation.

Western Antelope is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC.

Affiliated companies with in-development projects include:

  • Summer Solar LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of around 20 MW (ac) in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. Summer Solar has filed a notice with the commission of the Summer Solar Project’s status as a QF and Summer Solar’s status as an EWG. The Summer Solar Project achieved mechanical completion in May 2016 and is scheduled to reach commercial operation in 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 rating of 20 MW (ac) in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. ABSR has filed a notice with the commission of the project’s status as a QF and as an EWG. The 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. Elevation Solar C has filed notice with the commission of the project’s status as a QF and an EWG. The Elevation Solar C Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016. Elevation Solar C is committed to sell the full output 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. Beacon Solar 1 has filed a notice with the commission of its status as an EWG. 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 under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (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. Beacon Solar 3 has filed a notice with the commission of its status as an EWG. The Beacon Solar 3 Project is due 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 under a 25-year power purchase agreement with LADWP.
  • Beacon Solar 4 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 50 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. Beacon Solar 4 has filed a notice with the commission of its status as an EWG. In addition, Beacon 4 submitted an application to the commission for market-based rate authority on May 19. The Beacon Solar 4 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation during September 2016. Beacon Solar 4 is committed to sell the full output under a 25-year power purchase agreement with LADWP.
  • Western Antelope Dry Ranch LLC (WADR) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 10 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. WADR has filed a notice with the commission of the WADR Project’s status as a QF. In addition, WADR submitted a June 17 application to the commission for market-based rate authority. The project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation in October 2016. WADR is committed to sell the full output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the City of Lancaster d/b/a Lancaster Choice Energy.
  • Antelope DSR 2 LLC (Antelope DSR 2) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 5 MW (ac) in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. Antelope DSR 2 has filed a notice with the commission of the project’s status as a QF. In addition, Antelope DSR 2 submitted an application to the commission for market-based rate authority on June 17. The project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation in October 2016. Antelope DSR 2 is committed to sell the full output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
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