Southern California Ed submits revised LGIA for 101-MW Valentine Solar project

Southern California Edison (SCE) on July 26 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the First Amended Standard Large Generator Interconnection Agreement among Valentine Solar LLC, SCE and the California Independent System Operator.

In February 2014, Avalon Wind LLC, Avalon Wind 2 LLC and Valentine Solar LLC, plus CAISO and SCE, entered into a large generator interconnection agreement (“Original LGIA”). The Original LGIA provides the terms and conditions pursuant to which SCE and the CAISO will provide Interconnection service for the 340-MW solar photovoltaic and wind Avalon Hybrid Project.

Subsequently, the Original LGIA was amended to reflect a revised Customer-Financed Monthly Rate for Non-ISO-Controlled Facilities, which was accepted for filing by the FERC in a letter order dated June 28, 2016.

In March 2014, the power developers submitted a Material Modification Analysis to decrease the project’s capacity from 340 MW to 101.175 MW, and requested to remove Avalon Wind and Avalon Wind 2 from the LGIA. Additionally, as part of the March MMA 2014, the customer also requested to utilize the Rose Meadow Substation and Rose Meadow–Whirlwind 220 kV Transmission Line for the Pacific Wind Project to interconnect to the Whirlwind Substation. Due to this new configuration, certain Interconnection facilities were reclassified to Shared Interconnection Facilities with the Pacific Wind Project and the Catalina Solar Project. These three projects are all owned by the same parent company, EDF Renewable Energy.

In addition, in April 2015, Valentine Solar submitted another Material Modification Analysis to extend the Commercial Operation Date from June 1, 2016, to December 1, 2019.

The revised LGIA says the current project consists of: “All equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s 101.175 MW gross solar photovoltaic Avalon Hybrid Project generating facility in Kern County, California, as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer in its Interconnection Request, as may have been amended during the Interconnection Study process, and through a material modification request dated April 15, 2015, which consists of (i) solar photovoltaic panels linked to one hundred and forty two (142) SMA inverters, each rated at 0.75 MW, for a total of 106.5 MW at the transformer high voltage terminal and a total Generating Facility rated gross output of 101.175 MW, to allow for the 0.95 lead/lag power factor requirements. Project delivery at the Point of Interconnection is limited to 100 MW taking losses on both the shared generation tie-line from Rose Meadow Substation to Whirlwind Substation and the dedicated generation tie-line extension from Rose Meadow Substation when all projects sharing the Rose Meadow Substation to Whirlwind Substation generation tie-line facilities are dispatched to full output, (ii) the associated infrastructure and step-up transformers, (iii) meters and metering equipment, and (iv) appurtenant equipment.”

The new targeted Commercial Operation Date is Dec. 1, 2019.

A project contact is: EDF Renewable Energy, Regis Reverchon,Transmission Manager, Regis.Reverchon@edf-re.com.

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