Sustainable Energy Community seeks North Carolina solar approvals

Sustainable Energy Community Development Co. LLC is seeking certificates of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for solar projects that would sell electricity to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA).

The applications, all filed on Nov. 29, cover:

  • A 20-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) project at Washington, N.C. The projected cost is $64m, with the facility fully producing by the end of 2013. This power, a projected 60,000 MWh per year, would be sold to the NCEMPA under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA). This project would self-certify as a qualifying facility (QF) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • A 7.5-MW (AC) solar PV facility at Farmville, N.C. This is a $24m project that would be fully operating by the end of 2013. There’s a 15-year PPA with the NCEMPA, and plans to self-certify as a QF. Expected annuals sales would be 22,500 MWh.
  • A 7.5-MW (AC) solar PV facility at Washington, N.C. Project cost estimate is $24m, with the project fully producing by the end of 2013. There’s a 15-year PPA with the NCEMPA, projected annual power sales of 22,500 MWh and plans to be a self-certified QF.
  • A 5-MW (AC) solar PV facility at Red Springs, N.C. This is a $16m project due to be fully operating by the end of 2013. There is a 15-year PPA with the NCEMPA, and plans for self-certification as a QF and for average sales of 15,000 MWh.
  • A 5-MW (AC) solar PV facility at Ayden, N.C. The $16m project would be fully operating by the end of 2013, with projected annual sales of 15,000 MWh, a 15-year PPA with NCEMPA and plans for QF self-certification.

The NCEMPA website said the agency consists of 32 cities and towns in eastern North Carolina, including some of the largest cities in the region, that own and operate their electric systems. NCEMPA was formed in 1982 and provides wholesale power to its 32 participants.

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