California PUC mulls okay for 111-MW Valentine Solar contract with SCE

Up for review at the July 14 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission is a resolution approving Southern California Edison’s (SCE) request for approval of a renewables portfolio standard eligible power purchase agreement (PPA) with Valentine Solar LLC

SCE filed Advice Letter 3382-E on March 18 requesting commission review and approval of a 15-year renewable energy PPA with Valentine. The Valentine PPA was executed through SCE’s 2014 RPS solicitation (2014 RPS RFO). Pursuant to the Valentine PPA, RPS-eligible generation will be purchased from the proposed Valentine solar facility.

The Valentine facility will be located in Kern County, California, and is planned to have a capacity of approximately 111 MW. It will interconnect within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO)-controlled grid at the Whirlwind Substation.

Valentine Solar is wholly owned by EDF Renewable Energy, which will develop the proposed facility. SCE is to begin purchasing the generation from Valentine beginning Dec. 1, 2019. The expected annual generation to be purchased from the facility is 316 Gigawatt-hours (GWh). This generation could count towards SCE’s RPS requirements in Compliance Period 2017-2020 and subsequent Compliance Periods through the end of the PPA.

EDF Renewable Energy had announced April 6 the signing of this PPA. Located on approximately 1,260 acres of private land in Kern County’s Mojave Desert, Valentine Solar is adjacent to EDF RE’s Catalina Solar 2 Project, which is also contracted with SCE. Valentine will be made up of horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

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