California PUC reviews SCE’s 131 MW solar power deal

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Up for possible approval at the Dec. 3 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission will be a resolution suggesting approval of a Southern California Edison request covering a renewable portfolio standard-eligible power purchase agreement with Blythe Solar II.

"This resolution approves cost recovery for the long-term renewable energy power purchase agreement between SCE and Blythe Solar II," it said. "The power purchase agreement is approved without modification."

Actual costs of the power purchase agreement are confidential at this time. SCE applied Sept. 23 for approval of this 20-year renewable energy power purchase agreement with Blythe Solar II. The PPA was executed through SCE’s 2014 RPS solicitation.

The Blythe Solar II facility is to be located near Blythe, California, and have a capacity of about 131 MW. The solar photovoltaic project will have single-axis tracking, polycrystalline modules that will be located about 10 miles west of Blythe on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.

The Blythe project company is a unit of NextEra Energy Resources, which will develop the proposed project. Pursuant to the Blythe II PPA, the renewable energy from the facility will be delivered to the Colorado River Substation 220-kV bus, and SCE is to begin purchasing the generation from Blythe II beginning Nov. 1, 2016. The expected annual generation to be purchased from the project is 366 GWh. This generation could count towards SCE’s RPS requirements in Compliance Period 2014-2016, Compliance Period 2017-2020 and subsequent years.

The Blythe project is an anchor tenant for the Devers-Colorado River 500-kV transmission line and will interconnect at the Colorado River substation 220-kV bus. Blythe II has an executed Large Generation Interconnection Agreement. The interconnection facilities and the network upgrades associated with the Colorado River substation have been completed.

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