Posted by: jbarnesca | November 30, 2010

SCE’s Second SPVP-IPP Program Moves Forward

Yesterday SCE sent out announcements of the first discussion event about the next round of their solar PV program for independent power producers, called SPVP-IPP for short.  There will be a conference call on this next offering on December 2nd.

As discussed in the spring in some detail in prior posts , this program is biased toward 2MW fast tracked interconnection application projects on larger commercial building rooftops.  In the SCE WDAT queue you can see around listing WDT#474 from April 2010 that the fast track process did work for them this past spring.

Last year they gave ‘hints’ of where to find capacity on the distribution system by publishing the ‘magic red squares’ for your Google map. These overlapping regions were usually of the size of 2MVA – 3MVA.  Some asked why the MVA transformer type rating and not just MW that is available.  They said “oh think of it as the same”.

The November 1st SCE WDAT queue is flooded with new applications at the 2MW or 5MW level from July 2010 onward.  These groups seem to be setting themselves up to be fast tracked under the old WDAT rules and positioning themselves for the new fast track level of 5MW that may be coming.   In addition SCE has been pushing for one set of requirements for a PPA up to 5MW and more stringent rules from 5-20MW.

Since as yet the bidding conference for the PG&E IPP program has not commenced, once again SCE is rolling throught these programs fast.  Good for SCE and CA.

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  1. Hi John
    I’m trying to find out the details about the SCE program that puts large rooftop solar on warehouses. Do you know of a good summary about what has been done? How much per watt are they receiving on the bids? Who are the installers and project proponentsw? Any info will help.
    Thanks
    Laura

  2. Laura,
    In an August post you can find the information about the winners of the first round of this program.

    It is not appropriate for me to state what bid price it took to win in the first round, although I happen to know that from several sources. It will, I believe, be published in 3 years, as I remember??

    I would guess that this next round will be even more brutal for any small developer to win. A project developer needs to be associated with a first class team to have a chance unfortunately.

  3. Hello Laura,

    I can tell you the SCE rooftop programs bid is at 19.5Cents/Kwh levelised or 14.6Cents/Kwh 1st year & 1% escalator, and is based on 1.3MW rooftop system.

  4. On SCE’s map page, they suggest that locating in the magic red squares may reduce interconnection costs. Is that because they will offer some sort of financial benefit because of a capacity or energy benefit or just because the available capacity makes it less costly for the developer to plug in?

    • Oh yes the “magic red squares” !!

      At the time of the publishing of the red squares(last spring for their IPP SPVP program) these were areas where you MIGHT be able to connect a 2MW or so project onto their distribution lines in that areas.

      Of course there is no incentive, just a HOPE that you could find somewhere to connect and not get a huge connection charge during your interconnection agreement process with them. At the time if you tried a <1.5MW fast track connnection of a rooftop project you had a sort of tolerable bill last spring/summer.

      With all of the interconnection rules changed things are different, and they will be forced to change the magic squares to match the new rules of the RAM process. SDG&E and especially PG&E are off to lead the new map displays with much more valuable information.


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