FERC accepts shared grid deal for 100 MW of NextEra solar projects in New Mexico

FERC on Sept. 23 accepted a July 28 filing by Chaves County Solar LLC of a Shared Facilities Agreement between it and Chaves County Solar II LLC.

Chaves is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Chaves County Solar Holdings LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which in turn is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

  • Chaves is developing and will operate a 70-MW solar facility (called the “Chaves Project”) located in Chaves County, New Mexico.
  • Chaves II intends to develop and operate a 30-MW solar facility that will also be located in Chaves County, in the same general location as the Chaves Project.

The Chaves Project will be owned by Chaves County, New Mexico, and leased on a long-term basis to Chaves, and a similar arrangement is anticipated for Chaves II. Chaves and Chaves II each are or will be parties to respective generator interconnection agreements with Southwestern Public Service Co. as transmission owner, and the Southwest Power Pool.

Notable is that FERC on Sept. 9 approved a June 24 application by Chaves County Solar LLC, Live Oak Solar LLCMarshall Solar LLC and River Bend Solar LLC, which each have solar projects that are going into first operation around now, for approval of outside investment in those companies. JPM Capital Corp. (JPMCC) or an affiliate would acquire the passive Class B Membership Interests in Indigo Plains Solar LLC from an affiliate of NextEra Energy.

Filings in that case show that Chaves County will own and operate a 70-MW photovoltaic facility located in Chaves County, New Mexico, within the Southwest Power Pool market. It will interconnect with the Southwestern Public Service (SPS) transmission system. Chaves County has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with SPS for 100% of the power produced by the Chaves Facility. This project company said in a May 11 filing at FERC that this facility may start producing test energy as early as Sept. 1 of this year.

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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.