Market authority sought for new, planned Wildwood Solar projects in California

Wildwood Solar I LLC and Wildwood Solar II LLC on Dec 14 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept for filing 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.

Wildwood I owns and operates a 20-MW solar photovoltaic qualifying facility (QF) and related assets in Kern County, California, and within the CAISO BAA. Wildwood I has also certified as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG). Wildwood I sells all of the net energy from the Wildwood I Facility at wholesale to Southern California Edison (SCE) pursuant to a long-term power puchase agreement (PPA). Under the terms of the PPA, the entire 20 MW capacity of the Wildwood I Facility is fully committed to SCE for twenty years, with the term to expire on Feb. 17, 2035, and the PPA is not interruptible for economic reasons.

The Wildwood I 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 Wildwood Shared Gen-Tie is jointly owned by Wildwood I and Wildwood II pursuant to a Co-Tenancy and Shared Facilities Agreement (SFA). The Wildwood I Facility achieved commercial operation on Feb. 18, 2015.

Wildwood I and Wildwood II are part of Duke Energy Renewables, which is part of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

Wildwood II owns and will operate an approximately 15-MW solar photovoltaic QF and related assets in Kern County, California, and within the CAISO BAA. Wildwood II has also certified as an EWG. Wildwood II will sell all of the net energy from the Wildwood II Facility at wholesale to SCE pursuant to a long-term PPA. Under the terms of the PPA, the Wildwood Facility’s 15 MW generation capacity is fully committed to SCE for a twenty-year term commencing as of the Wildwood II Facility commercial operation date, and the PPA is not interruptible for economic reasons.

The Wildwood II Facility interconnects to the transmission system owned by PG&E and operated by the CAISO via the Wildwood Shared Gen-Tie, and Wildwood II is a party to the SFA. The earliest date upon which the Wildwood II Facility is anticipated to generate test power is Dec. 15, 2016.

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