North Carolina commission approves 25 MW of solar power

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on March 12 approved certificates of public convenience and necessity on two solar projects, with one having 20 MW (AC) of capacity.

On Jan. 14, Greenville Farm LLC had applied for a certificate on a 20-MW (AC) photovoltaic facility located in Greenville in Pitt County. The facility would sell power to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.

Another application was filed on Nov. 29, 2012, by Wayne Solar III LLC for a 5-MW (AC) photovoltaic project to be located at Goldsboro in Wayne County. The customer for this facility would be Progress Energy Carolinas, which since mid 2012 has been a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

These are just the latest of a series of approvals for small solar projects. For example, the commission on March 5 approved certificates of public convenience and necessity for solar photovoltaic projects that would produce a total of 34 MW (AC).

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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.