Pacific Wind files revised shared grid deal for California wind, solar projects

Pacific Wind Lessee LLC filed on Nov. 21 with FERC a revised Shared Transmission Facilities Agreement (SFA) that covers several existing and planned solar/wind projects in California that will share certain grid facilities.

The parties to the SFA include Pacific Wind Lessee, Catalina Solar Lessee LLC and Catalina Solar 2 LLC, as well as other project companies that are also developing generation facilities in the Antelope Valley but whose projects are not as far along as the generating facilities of Pacific Wind Lessee, Catalina Solar Lessee, and Catalina Solar 2. The co-owners of the interconnection facilities under the SFA only have the right to use the amount of generation-tie line capacity necessary for the output of an owner’s project, and the co-owners share in the costs in proportion to their rights to use the generation-tie line.

  • Pursuant to a structured lease financing arrangement with Pacific Wind LLC, Pacific Wind Lessee controls and operates a 140-MW (nameplate) wind facility in the Antelope Valley of Kern County, California, that is interconnected with the Whirlwind Substation owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) within the balancing authority area of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
  • Catalina Solar Lessee manages and operates a 110-MW (nameplate) photovoltaic solar facility in Kern County pursuant to structured lease financing with Catalina Solar LLC. That generating facility is interconnected with the Whirlwind Substation and all the output of the facility is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • Catalina Solar 2 was formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewable Development Inc., but all of the ownership interests in Catalina Solar 2 were sold to Dominion Solar Holdings III LLC prior to commercial operation. Catalina Solar 2 owns and operates an 18-MW (nameplate) photovoltaic solar facility in Kern County. It is interconnected with the Whirlwind Substation and all the output of the facility is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to SCE. Catalina Solar 2 has made a partial assignment of its co-tenancy interest in the shared interconnection facilities to another project company that is a party to the SFA, BAR13 Solar LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewable Development, another party to the SFA.

The SFA is among Avalon Wind LLC (AW), Avalon Wind 2 LLC (AW2), Valentine Solar LLC (VS), Catalina Solar LLC (CS), Catalina Solar 2 LLC (CS2), Pacific Wind LLC (PW), Pacific Wind 2 LLC (PW2), EDF Renewable Asset Holdings Inc. (EAH) and EDF Renewable Development.

  • AW has proposed the siting, construction and operation of the 140-MW Avalon Wind Project located in Kern County.
  • AW2 has proposed the siting, construction and operation of the 100-MW Avalon Wind 2 Project located in Kern County.
  • VS has proposed the siting, construction and operation of the 100-MW Valentine Solar Project in the Kern County.
  • CS has the 110-MW Catalina Solar Project in Kern County.
  • CS2 proposed the siting, construction and operation of the 40-MW Catalina Solar 2 Project in Kern County.
  • PW has the 140-MW Pacific Wind Project in Kern County.
  • PW2 has proposed the siting, construction and operation of the 110-MW Pacific Wind 2 Project in Kern County.
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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.