Boulder Solar II seeks EWG status for 50-MW project in Nevada

Boulder Solar II LLC filed on Aug. 19 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator related to a nearly-completed, 50-MW project in Nevada.

This company was formed for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, and operating the Boulder Solar II Project (a/k/a Boulder Solar II Nevada), an approximately 50 MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility located in Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada.

Applicant is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of SunPower Corp. SunPower is a vertically-integrated solar products and services company that designs, manufactures and delivers high-efficiency and high-reliability solar photovoltaic panels and electricity generating systems to residential, business, government and utility customers. SunPower is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

The project is currently expected to begin trial operation and testing in October 2016 and achieve commercial operation in December 2016. The project will include interconnecting transmission facilities necessary to connect it to the Nevada Power d/b/a NV Energy transmission system. All of the net output of the project will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to NV Energy.

Under a Shared Facilities Agreement, applicant will share with two affiliates, Boulder Solar Power LLC and Boulder Solar III LLC (called the “CoTenants”), certain common premises and facilities, including approximately 2.3 miles of aboveground, 230-kV transmission line necessary to interconnect applicant’s and Co-Tenants’ respective generating facilities to the NV Energy transmission system.

The Co-Tenants are developing and will construct, own, and operate two photovoltaic facilities, comprising approximately 150 MW (net) in the aggregate, and related interconnection facilities to be located in Clark County, Nevada. Boulder Solar Power LLC has self-certified its status as an EWG and has also applied for market-based rate authority. Boulder Solar III LLC has not yet self-certified its status as EWG, but plans to do so later in its development process. Boulder Solar III also does not yet have market-based rate authorization from the commission.

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