HelioSage pursues several solar project approvals in North Carolina

HelioSage Energy applied Nov. 26 at the North Carolina Utilities Commission for certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) on several projects, including a 19.99-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic project to be located at Ayden, N.C., and interconnect with the Greenville Utilities system.

This $48.5m project would sell energy under a 15-year power purchase agreement to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and is due for commercial operation by Dec. 1, 2013. It will be called the Littlefield Solar Center and will be developed under HelioSage project affiliate Littlefield Solar Center LLC. Plans are for this to be a qualifying facility (QF) under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

HelioSage said in the application that it is a national developer of renewable energy projects with a special emphasis along the East Coast of the U.S.

The company filed other applications on Nov. 26 with the North Carolina commission for solar PV facilities:

  • HelioSage filed a nearly identical application for a CPCN on the 19.99-MW (AC) UpChurch Solar Center project of project affiliate UpChurch Solar Center LLC. This would be a $46.9m QF project that would interconnect with Wilson Energy and sell energy under a 15-year PPA with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency. It would be located at Elm City, N.C. This facility has an expected commercial operation date of Dec. 1, 2013.
  • There was a Nov. 26 application for the Boseman Solar Center of Boseman Solar Center LLC, which would be a 16.61 MW (AC) project at Rocky Mount, N.C. It would connect with the city’s grid and sell energy under a 15-year QF deal with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency. The project cost is $40.3m, with commercial operation by Dec. 1, 2013.
  • There was a Nov. 26 CPCN application for the 8 MW (AC) Flemming Solar Center project of Flemming Solar Center LLC, with this project located near Greenville. It would interconnect with the Greenville Utilities system and sell QF power to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency under a 15-year contract. This $18.8m project would go commercial by Dec. 1, 2013.
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