31 MW of Portal Ridge Solar projects in California getting close to being lit up

Two project companies of the D.E. Shaw Group with nearly-operational solar projects, Portal Ridge Solar B LLC and Portal Ridge Solar C LLC, applied Oct. 7 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for market-based rate authority.

Portal Ridge Solar B is developing, owns, and expects to operate the Portal Ridge Solar B Generating Facility, an approximately 20 MW (ac) (nameplate) solar photovoltaic facility in Los Angeles County, California. It also owns certain facilities necessary to interconnect this project to a substation and to an approximately 800-foot 69 kV generation tie-line. The substation and the generator tie-line are the subject of a Shared Facilities Common Ownership Agreement between this company and certain projects still in development.

The Shared Interconnection Facilities will be used to transmit electricity to the Del Sur 66-kV Substation, which is the facility’s point of interconnection with the distribution system owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority area (CAISO BAA).

Portal Ridge Solar B expects to energize the facility in January 2017 and to place it into commercial operation during the first quarter of 2017. It has filed with the commission a self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) and plans to file a self-certification of the facility as a qualifying small power production facility (QF). Portal Solar Ridge B is committed to sell the full output of the facility under a long-term power purchase agreement with SCE expiring in 2037.

Portal Ridge Solar C said in its own Oct. 7 filing that it is developing, owns, and expects to operate the Portal Ridge Solar C Generating Facility, an approximately 11.4 MW (ac) (nameplate) solar photovoltaic facility located in Los Angeles County, California. It also owns certain facilities necessary to interconnect the project to a substation and to an approximately 800-foot 69 kV generation tie-line. The substation and the generator tie-line are the subject of a Shared Facilities Common Ownership Agreement. It will transmit electricity from the facility to the Del Sur 66-kV Substation.

Portal Ridge Solar C expects to energize the facility on Nov. 4, 2016, and to place it into commercial operation during the fourth quarter of 2016. It plans to file with the commission a self-certification as an EWG and a self-certification as a QF. It is committed to sell the full output of the facility under a long-term power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric expiring in 2036.

Affiliated project companies include: 

  • 62SK 8ME LLC (Springbok 1), which owns and operates an approximately 108 MW (nameplate) solar facility located in Kern County, California, within the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) BAA. It placed the Springbok 1 facility into commercial operations during the third quarter of 2016. Springbok 1 is committed to sell the full output of the Springbok 1 Facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) expiring in 2041.
  • 63SU 8ME LLC (Springbok 2) owns and operates an approximately 155 MW (nameplate) solar facility located in Kern County, California, within the LADWP BAA. It placed the facility into commercial operations during the third quarter of 2016. Springbok 2 is committed to sell the full output of the Springbok 2 Facility under a 27-year power purchase agreement with SCPPA expiring in 2043.
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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.