SunPower’s 54-MW Golden Fields Solar I project due for test ops in September

Golden Fields Solar I LLC on July 26 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accept its proposed baseline market-based rate tariff for filing and authorize it to sell electric energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.

The company was formed for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, and operating the Golden Fields Solar I Project (a/k/a Rosamond Solar Project Phase II), an approximately 54 MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility to be located in Kern County, California. The project is currently expected to begin generating test power in September 2016 and to commence commercial operation in November 2016.

The project will include interconnecting transmission facilities necessary to connect the generating facility to the Southern California Edison transmission system operated by the California ISO and to permit the applicant to make wholesale sales of electricity from the project. Applicant will sell all of the net output of the project at wholesale to the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that expires in 2036.

Applicant is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of SunPower, a Delaware corporation whose shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ.

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