30-MW Midway II solar project in California due for commercial start in Q1 2017

96WI 8ME LLC (also known as “Midway II”) on Nov. 10 petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Midway II has developed a 30-MW (ac) (nameplate) solar facility and related generation interconnection facilities to be located in Imperial County, California. The facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned and operated by the Imperial Irrigation District (IID).

All the electric energy and capacity from the facility will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) to IID with a term of more than one year. Midway II has filed a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG).

The company is wholly owned by Solar Frontier Americas Holding LLC, which is wholly owned by Solar Frontier Americas Inc. Solar Frontier Americas Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops and builds solar energy projects in the U.S. It is wholly owned by Solar Frontier K.K., a Japanese company engaged in the manufacture and sale of CIS thin-film solar panels.

In addition to Midway II in the IID BAA, Solar Frontier Americas Inc., through Solar Frontier Americas Holding LLC, wholly owns or controls 83WI 8me LLC (“Midway I”), which is developing a 50-MW (ac) (nameplate) solar facility in the IDD BAA. The Midway I facility will be interconnected to the transmission system of IID and all the electric energy and capacity will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric under a long-term PPA.

The Midway II and Midway I facilities are both projected to commence commercial operations in the first quarter of 2017. 

A project contact is: Latasha Terry, Legal Counsel, Solar Frontier Americas Development LLC, 50 California Street, Suite 820, San Francisco, CA 94111, (415) 814-5258, latasha.terry@solar-frontier.com.

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