Southern California Ed up for approval of 372 MW of First Solar contracts

Up for review at the Sept. 15 California Public Utilities Commission meeting is a resolution that would grant Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) request for commission approval of three renewable power purchase agreements with First Solar‘s Rosamond Solar, Willow Springs Solar and Sunshine Valley Solar projects.

The Rosamond Solar and the Willow Springs Solar facilities are located in Rosamond, California. The Sunshine Valley Solar facility is located in Amargosa, Nevada. The power purchase agreements are recommended to be approved without modification.

These contracts comply with Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement guidelines. SCE filed Advice Letter (AL) 3334-E on Dec. 23, 2015, requesting commission review and approval of three 15-year renewable energy PPAs for the First Solar projects. All three projects resulted from SCE’s 2014 RPS solicitation and all three PPAs were executed in June 2015.

The Rosamond Solar and Willow Springs Solar projects will have a capacity of approximately 160 MW and 108 MW, respectively. The Sunshine Valley Solar project will have a capacity of 104 MW.

Details of the projects are:

  • Rosamond Solar, solar tracking photovoltaic (PV) system, 160 MW, target commercial operation date of Jan. 1, 2020, 15-year power contract, located Rosamond, CA
  • Willow Springs Solar, solar tracking PV, 108 MW, commercial operation target of Jan. 1, 2020, 15-year contract, located Rosamond, CA
  • Sunshine Valley Solar, solar tracking PV, 104 MW, commercial operation target Jan. 1, 2020, 15-year contracted, located Armargosa Valley, NV

The generation from all three projects could be eligible to count towards SCE’s RPS requirements in Compliance Period 2017-2020.

The resolution noted that First Solar is highly experienced in developing, financing, constructing, and operating large scale PV projects. Most recently, First Solar completed the development of the 290-MW Agua Caliente and the 550-MW Topaz Solar projects.

The Sunshine Valley Solar facilities will interconnect at Valley Electric Association’s 138-kV Valley Substation. The Rosamond Solar and Willow Springs Solar facilities will interconnect at SCE’s Whirlwind Substation.

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