Several FTP Power solar projects in California due for commercial ops in 2016

Antelope DSR 1 LLC applied July 15 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for 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 (PV) project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 50 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Antelope DSR 1 Project is located within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority area in the Southwest region.

Applicant intends to file notices with the commission of the Antelope DSR 1 Project’s status as a qualifying small power production facility (QF) and its status as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) prior to reaching commercial operation. Applicant expects the Antelope DSR 1 Project to begin generating test power in October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016.

Antelope DSR 1 is committed to sell the entire output from the Antelope DSR 1 Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). The Antelope DSR 1 Project will interconnect with the CAISO-controlled grid at the Antelope Substation.

This project company is part of FTP Power LLC. Through FTP, it is affiliated with multiple QFs and market-based rate sellers located in the CAISO market and first-tier markets in the Southwest region. The ones with in-development projects are:

  • Summer Solar LLC owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Summer Solar Project achieved mechanical completion in May 2016 and is scheduled to reach commercial operation during July 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 capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The ABSR Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during August 2016 and to reach commercial operation in September 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. The Elevation Solar C Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation during November 2016. Elevation Solar C is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25 year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto.
  • Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B LLC (WBSRB) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The WABSRB Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016. WABSRB is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto.
  • 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. The WADR 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 of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the City of Lancaster, d/b/a Lancaster Choice Energy.
  • Antelope DSR 2 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 5 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Antelope DSR 2 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 of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
  • Beacon Solar 1 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 56 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. 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 of the project 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.The Beacon Solar 3 Project is scheduled 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 of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the 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. The Beacon Solar 4 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation during the same month. Beacon Solar 4 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the LADWP.
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