River Bend Solar on June 10 filed 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.
River Bend will control and operate a solar photovoltaic facility with a nameplate capacity of about 75 MW located in Lauderdale County, Alabama, within the Tennessee Valley Authority balancing authority area. Applicant has submitted a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission.
The facility may start producing test energy as early as Sept. 1, 2016.
The facility will interconnect with TVA’s transmission system and the applicant has also entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with TVA, for 100 percent of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. The PPA has a 20-year term from the time of initial deliveries under the PPA, which are expected to begin in November 2016.
River Bend Solar is part of NextEra Energy Resources , which is a unit of Florida-based NextEra Energy. NextEra Energy Resources’ units currently own or operate merchant generating facilities in 25 states and Canada with a combined gross generating capacity of about 20,000 MW, and a net generating capacity of about 18,000 MW.