California PUC mulls approval of San Diego deal for 20-MW solar project

On the agenda for the July 14 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission is a resolution that would authorize a San Diego Gas & Electric Power Purchase Agreement with Solar Frontier for the 97WI 8ME LLC project.

SDG&E filed on Jan. 15 for commission review and approval of a PPA with the 97WI 8ME project from Solar Frontier. The PPA was executed pursuant to the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) program. Under the proposed PPA, SDG&E will purchase renewable energy and associated Renewable Energy Credits from the 20-MW Solar Frontier project located in the Imperial Valley.

SDG&E has not met its commission-mandated Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) targets. SDG&E is ordered to procure additional megawatts from the bids it received in its sixth RAM (RAM VI) solicitation. In December 2010, the commission approved the RAM program and directed Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and SDG&E to hold four auctions over a two-year period. The commission further refined the RAM program through later resolutions, including one calling for RAM VI.

This is called the Midway Solar Farm III project, to be located in Calipatria in the Imperial Valley, with the PPA having a 20-year term and the project having a commercial operation target date of Dec 1, 2017.

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