NextEra files market rate apps for pair of 20-MW solar projects in California

Westside Solar LLC, which has a nearly-operational solar project in California, on Dec. 19 applied with 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.

Westside Solar will own and operate a photovoltaic facility with a 20-MW aggregate nameplate capacity located in Fresno County, California. The facility will operate within the California ISO balancing authority area, and interconnect with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). PG&E will own and operate the interconnection facility, and also has the right to control the solar facility through curtailment rights. Applicant will submit a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission shortly.

This capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract with PG&E after meeting certain conditions precedent, including its commercial operations date. The facility is expected to start producing test energy in February 2017, and sales during a limited period of time prior to the delivery term with PG&E will be made to the CAISO market.

This project is under NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is part of Florida-based NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). Affiliated companies with in-development projects in the CAISO region include:

  • Adelanto Solar LLC, which will own and operate a photovoltaic solar facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 20 MW located in Adelanto, California. Adelanto Solar is authorized by the commission to sell power at market-based rates. All of Adelanto’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract with Southern California Edison (SCE), with an initial term ending in 2035.
  • Golden Hills Wind LLC, which will own and operate a wind facility with the capacity to produce up to 86.7 MW. The facility is located in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, California. Golden is authorized by the commission to sell power at market-based rates. Fifty percent of Golden Hills’ capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract with Google Energy, with an initial term ending in 2035. For the remaining capacity, Golden Hills has entered into a financial contract associated with the output of its facility, and thus this portion of the facility is not deemed to be under long-term contract.
  • Whitney Point Solar LLC, which will own and operate a photovoltaic solar facility with a nameplate capacity of about 20 MW. It is located in Fresno County, California. Whitney Point Solar’s application to sell power at market-based rates is being submitted simultaneously to this Westside Solar filing. Whitney Point Solar’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract with – Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority (11 MW), City of Moreno Valley (4.5 MW), Pittsburg Power Co. (2.5 MW) and Eastside Power Authority (2 MW) – with an initial term ending April 17, 2036. The project is due in-service on Feb. 17, 2017.
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