Duke’s two 20-MW Rio Bravo Solar projects in California ready to be lit up

Pumpjack Solar I LLC, Rio Bravo Solar I LLC and Rio Bravo Solar II LLC on Nov. 16 jointly asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept their Market-Based Rate Tariffs and grant such waivers and blanket authorizations as the commission previously has granted to other entities engaged in wholesale sales of electricity at market-based rates.

  • Pumpjack owns and operates an approximately 20-MW solar photovoltaic Qualifying Facility (QF) and related assets located in Kern County, California, within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority area (BAA). Pumpjack has also certified as an Exempt Wholesale Generator (EWG). Pumpjack sells all of the net energy from its facility at wholesale to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Under the PPA, the entire 20 MW capacity of the Pumpjack Facility is fully committed to SCE for twenty years, with the term to expire on Jan. 28, 2035, and the PPA is not interruptible for economic reasons. The Pumpjack Facility interconnects to the transmission system owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and operated by the CAISO via a shared 115-kV generation tie-line. The Pumpjack Shared Gen-Tie is jointly owned by Pumpjack, Rio Bravo Solar I and Rio Bravo Solar II pursuant to a Co-Tenancy and Shared Facilities Agreement (SFA). The Pumpjack Facility achieved commercial operation on Jan. 29, 2015. Pumpjack is part of Duke Energy Renewables, which is under Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).
  • Rio Bravo Solar I owns and will operate an approximately 20-MW solar photovoltaic QF and related assets in Kern County, California, within the CAISO BAA. Rio Bravo Solar I has also certified as an EWG. It will sell all of its net energy at wholesale to SCE pursuant to a long-term PPA. Under the terms of the PPA, the Rio Bravo I Facility’s 20 MW generation capacity is fully committed to SCE for a 20-year term commencing as of the Rio Bravo I Facility commercial operation date, and the PPA is not interruptible for economic reasons. The Rio Bravo I Facility interconnects to the transmission system owned by PG&E and operated by the CAISO via the Pumpjack Shared Gen-Tie. The earliest date upon which the Rio Bravo I Facility is anticipated to generate test power is Nov. 17, 2016. Rio Bravo Solar I is also part of Duke Energy.
  • Rio Bravo Solar II owns and will operate an approximately 20-MW solar photovoltaic QF and related assets in Kern County, California, within the CAISO BAA. Rio Bravo Solar II has also certified as an EWG. It will sell all of its net energy at wholesale to SCE pursuant to a long-term PPA. Under the PPA, the Rio Bravo II Facility’s 20 MW of generation capacity is fully committed to SCE for a 20-year term commencing as of the Rio Bravo II Facility commercial operation date, and the PPA is not interruptible for economic reasons. The Rio Bravo II Facility interconnects to the transmission system owned by PG&E and operated by the CAISO via the Pumpjack Shared Gen-Tie. The earliest date upon which the Rio Bravo II Facility is anticipated to generate test power is Nov. 17, 2016. Rio Bravo Solar II is also under Duke Energy.
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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.