FTP has hundreds of MWs of California solar projects about to go commercial

North Lancaster Ranch LLC, developer of a 20-MW (ac) solar project in California, applied Sept. 12 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its market-based rate schedule under which it will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

The company is developing a solar photovoltaic (PV) project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The North Lancaster Ranch Project is located within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority area in the Southwest region. Applicant intends to file notice with the commission of its status as an exempt wholesale generator.

The North Lancaster Ranch Project is expected to begin generating test power in December 2016 and also to reach commercial operation during December 2016. 

Applicant is committed to sell the entire output from the North Lancaster Ranch Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison. The North Lancaster Ranch Project will interconnect with the CAISO-controlled grid at the Antelope Substation.

Applicant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC. Affiliated companies with newly-operational or planned solar projects in the region include: 

  • SEPV Mojave West LLC owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Blythe, California. It reached commercial operation in June 2016. SEPV Mojave West is committed to sell the full output under a 20 year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, that expires on or about June 30, 2036.
  • Central Antelope Dry Ranch C LLC (CADRC) owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Los Angeles County, California. The CADRC Project reached commercial operation in May 2016. CADRC is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20 year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, that expires on or about May 6, 2036.
  • Summer Solar LLC owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Summer Solar Project reached commercial operation in July 2016.  Summer Solar is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority, that expires on or about Dec. 31, 2042.
  • Antelope Big Sky Ranch LLC (ABSR) owns a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The ABSR Project achieved mechanical completion in August 2016 and is scheduled to reach commercial operation during September 2016. ABSR is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
  • Elevation Solar C LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 40 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Elevation Solar C Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016. Elevation Solar C is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto.
  • Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B LLC (WABSRB) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The WABSRB Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016. WABSRB is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto.
  • Western Antelope Dry Ranch LLC (WADR) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 10 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The WADR Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation in October 2016. WADR is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the City of Lancaster d/b/a Lancaster Choice Energy.
  • Antelope DSR 2 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 5 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Antelope DSR 2 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation during October 2016. Antelope DSR 2 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
  • Antelope DSR 1 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 50 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Antelope DSR 1 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation during November 2016. Antelope DSR 1 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
  • Solverde 1 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 85 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Solverde 1 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation during November 2016. Solverde 1 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the California Department of Water Resources.
  • Beacon Solar 1 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 56 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 1 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during December 2016 and to reach commercial operation during January 2017. Beacon Solar 1 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
  • Beacon Solar 3 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 56 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 3 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during November 2016 and to reach commercial operation during December 2016. Beacon Solar 3 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with LADWP.
  • Beacon Solar 4 LLC is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 50 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 4 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during January 2017 and to reach commercial operation during February 2017. Beacon Solar 4 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with LADWP. 

A company contact is: Sean McBride, General Counsel, FTP Power LLC, 2180 South 1300 East, Suite 600, Salt Lake City, UT  84106, telephone (801) 679-3500, smcbride@spower.com.

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