85 MW Solverde 1 solar power project nearly complete

Solverde 1 on July 18 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issue an order that accepts its market-based rate schedule, under which it will sell electric energy, capacity and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Solverde 1 is developing a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity rating of about 85 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Solverde 1 Project is located within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area in the Southwest region.

Applicant expects the Solverde 1 Project to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016. Applicant is committed to sell the entire output from the Solverde 1 Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the California Department of Water Resources.

Applicant is a unit of Sustainable Power Group, which is a unit of FTP Power.

Affiliates with in-development projects include:

“-Antelope Big Sky Ranch (ABSR) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The ABSR Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during August 2016 and to reach commercial operation during September 2016. ABSR is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.

“-Elevation Solar C is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 40 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Elevation Solar C Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016. Elevation Solar C is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto.

“-Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B (WABSRB) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The WABSRB Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November 2016. WABSRB is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the City of Palo Alto.

“-Western Antelope Dry Ranch (WADR) is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 10 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The WADR Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation in October 2016. WADR is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the City of Lancaster d/b/a Lancaster Choice Energy.

“-Antelope DSR 2 is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 5 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Antelope DSR 2 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation during October 2016. Antelope DSR 2 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.

“-Antelope DSR 1 is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 50 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Antelope DSR 1 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation during November 2016. Antelope DSR 1 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority.

“-Beacon Solar 1 is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 56 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 1 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during December 2016 and to reach commercial operation during January 2017. Beacon Solar 1 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

“-Beacon Solar 3 is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 56 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 3 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during November 2016 and to reach commercial operation during December 2016. Beacon Solar 3 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the LADWP.

“-Beacon Solar 4 is developing a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 50 MW (ac) located in Kern County, California. The Beacon Solar 4 Project is scheduled to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation during September 2016. Beacon Solar 4 is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the LADWP.

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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.

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