FERC accepts market authority for SunPower’s 54-MW Stanford Solar project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 16 accepted a July 25 application from Solar Star California XLI LLC for approval of its baseline market-based rate tariff and authorization for it to sell electric energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.

This project company was formed for the purpose of developing, constructing, owning, and operating the Stanford Solar Generating Station, an approximately 54 MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility to be located in Kern County, California. It has self-certified as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG).

The project as of the July 25 application was 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 solar facility to the Southern California Edison (SCE) transmission system operated by the California ISO.

Applicant will sell all of the net output of the project at wholesale to the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that expires in 2041.

Applicant is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of SunPower. SunPower is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

Pursuant to a Shared Facilities Agreement on file with the commission, applicant will share with four affiliates – Golden Fields Solar I LLCGolden Fields Solar II LLCGolden Fields Solar III LLC and Golden Fields Solar IV LLC –  certain common premises and facilities, including approximately three miles of above-ground, 220-kV transmission line necessary to interconnect these generating facilities to the SCE transmission system. These Co-Tenants are developing and will construct, own, and operate four photovoltaic facilities, comprising approximately 245 MW (net) in the aggregate, and related interconnection facilities to be located in Kern County, California.

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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.