California PUC considers contract for 128-MW American Kings solar project

Up for review at the Jan. 19 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission meeting is a resolution that would approve Southern California Edison’s (SCE) request for commission approval of a new renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) with the 128-MW American Kings Solar LLC project.

SCE filed an Advice Letter on Oct. 31, 2016 requesting commission) review and approval of a 15-year renewable energy PPA with American Kings. The project resulted from SCE’s 2015 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation and the PPA was executed on Aug. 3, 2016. The American Kings project is located in Lemoore, California, in Kings County, and will have a capacity of approximately 128 MW.

Pursuant to the PPA, SCE would begin purchasing generation from the project on Dec. 1, 2020. The generation from this project could be eligible to count towards SCE’s RPS requirements in Compliance Period 2017-2020.

The American Kings facility will be developed by First Solar. First Solar is highly experienced in developing, financing, constructing, and operating large scale photovoltaic (PV) projects, including 2,300 MW of solar projects in California. First Solar has developed, or is in the process of developing, projects like Desert Stateline (300 MW), Silver State South (250 MW), and Desert Sunlight (500 MW).

The American Kings project is far along in the development process, with an approved Conditional Use Permit and a fully executed Large Generator Interconnection Agreement. It will interconnect at the Henrietta Substation.

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