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).