Iowa board okays withdrawal of Geronimo Energy solar project

The Iowa Utilities Board on July 15 approved an application from Geronimo Energy LLC to rescind an approval for a 2.5-MW solar project.

In September 2013, Meroa Solar LLC applied for a Certification of Eligibility for Renewable Energy Tax Credits with the Utilities Board. In September 2013, the board granted preliminary eligibility for Meroa’s 2-MW solar facility. In October 2013, Meroa filed an application to amend its application for preliminary eligibility in order to increase the facility’s capacity to 2.5 MW and to re-locate the facility. The board granted Meroa’s amendment in November 2013. Meroa’s operational deadline was May 15, 2016.

On June 9, 2016, Geronimo Energy, on behalf of Meroa, filed a withdrawal of its application for preliminary eligibility, indicating that Meroa had not been able to construct the facility. The board on July 15 rescinded its grant of preliminary eligibility to the Meroa facility and the 2.5 MW of capacity that was granted to Meroa is now available to other applicants. The project had been approved under a special program that sets aside a specific MW total for small solar projects.

Geronimo on June 9 also asked to rescind board approvals for two other projects, of Five Seasons LLC (2.5 MW) and Old Capital LLC (2.5 MW). It said it is doing this because it couldn’t line up offtake contracts for the three projects and can’t build them this year. The board as of July 15 had not acted on the request for these other two project companies.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.