FERC accepts market authority for 100-MW Boulder Solar project in Nevada

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 12 accepted a June 3 application from Boulder Solar Power LLC for acceptance of its baseline market-based rate tariff and to authorize the company to sell electric energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.

Applicant was formed for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, and operating the Boulder Solar I Project (a/k/a Boulder Solar I Nevada), an approximately 100 MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility located in Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada, and to engage in businesses activities consistent with exempt wholesale generator (EWG) status.

The June 3 application said the project was expected to begin generating test power in August 2016 and to commence commercial operation in November 2016. The project will include interconnecting transmission facilities necessary to connect the generating facility to the Nevada Power d/b/a NV Energy transmission system to permit.

The company will sell all of the net output of the project to NV Energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement that expires in 2037.

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

Pursuant to a Shared Facilities Agreement, applicant will share with two affiliates, Boulder Solar II LLC and Boulder Solar III LLC, certain common premises and facilities, including approximately 2.3 miles of above-ground, 230-kV transmission line necessary to interconnect applicant’s and Co-Tenants’ respective generating facilities to the NV Energy transmission system. Co-Tenants are developing and will construct, own, and operate two photovoltaic facilities, comprising approximately 100 MW (net) in the aggregate, and related interconnection facilities to be located in Clark County.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.