80-MW Grand View PV Solar Two project in Idaho due for startup in October

Grand View PV Solar Two LLC applied Aug. 31 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its Market-Based Rate Tariff and for authorization to sell electric energy and capacity at wholesale and make sales of ancillary services at market-based rates as specified in the tariff.

Grand View was formed to act as the project company with respect to the operation of a photovoltaic facility located approximately 20 miles southwest of Mountain Home, Idaho. Grand View owns this 80 MW (ac)) ground-mounted facility, which is scheduled to synchronize with the grid and produce test power on Oct. 5, 2016, and will begin commercial operation on Nov. 9, 2016.

Grand View is interconnected to the transmission facilities of, and will sell its full output at wholesale under a long-term power purchase agreement to, Idaho Power. Grand View is a qualifying small power production facility and, has submitted a notice of self-certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator status.

In conjunction with this market authority application, Grand View is submitting an application under section 203 of the Federal Power Act for disposition of non-controlling, passive equity interests in Grand View to CitiCorp North America Inc. Following completion of the proposed transaction, Grand View will be owned by CRE-Grandview Idaho LLC, which will hold 100% of the Class B Membership Interests, and Citi, which will hold 100% of the Class A Membership Interests.

Centaurus Renewable Energy LLC (CRE) owns 100% of the Class A and Class C Units of CRE-Grandview and Accordia Life and Annuity Co. owns 100% of the Class B Units of CRE-Grandview. CRE is wholly owned by Centaurus Capital LP.

The Grand View solar project will consist of about 340,480 polysilicon photovoltaic panels. The solar module outputs are joined together and then fed into photovoltaic inverters that ultimately feed into and connect to Idaho Power at two interconnection points. About 60 MW of the capacity is stepped up to 34.5 kV for collection and pass through of a 34.5/138 kV step-up transformer for interconnection to a 138 kV transmission line, and 20 MW connects to the 34.5 kV distribution system on Idaho Power’s Canyon Creek line.

A project contact is: Stephen H Douglas, Centaurus Renewable Energy LLC, 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 225, Houston, TX 77056, Tel: (713) 554-1352, sdouglas@centaurusenergy.com.

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