SunPower gets approval for 17.5-MW solar project in N.C.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Nov. 7 approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) for SunPower Corp. Systems for a 17.5 MW (AC) solar photovoltaic power plant located in Catawba County.

SunPower told the commission in the Sept. 13 application that it planned to sell the output of the plant to Duke Energy Carolinas LLC, a unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), with the power purchase deal still under negotiation. The application said this facility will consist of ten 1.5-MW skids and two 1.25 MW skids, including two inverters per skid. It said Duke would likely build a substation on the project site and will run a half mile transmission line to connect with an existing 100-kV line.

Also, on Sept. 21, SunPower filed a second application with the commission for a CPCN on a 20-MW (AC) PV solar plant, located near Conover, N.C. That application has not been acted on yet by the commission. Again, the company said it was negotiating a power purchase deal with Duke Energy Carolinas. This plant would consist of ten 1.5-MW skids and four 1.25-MW skids, with two inverters per skid. Again, Duke would build a substation for this power.

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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.