Strata Solar seeks approvals for several North Carolina projects

Wiggins Mill Farm LLC, a unit of Strata Solar LLC, filed an Aug. 16 application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission on an unusually large 74.8-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Wilson County.

The commission in recent months has gotten a flurry of applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) on solar power projects, but this one is much larger than most. The other applications filed in recent months tend to run around 5 MW, including a number of them also filed on Aug. 16 by Strata Solar affiliates.

Wiggins Mill Farm said its project would be located along Highway 301 in Wilson County and is due on-line in March 2015. Power would be sold to Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) under a power purchase agreement (PPA), the application said.

Other applications filed on Aug. 16 for solar CPCNs include:

  • Stout Farm LLC, another Strata Solar unit, for a 5-MW (AC PV) facility in Orange County, with power sold to Duke Energy under a 15-year PPA and with the facility due to go on-line by June 2014;
  • Yanceyville Farm 2 LLC (part of Strata Solar), for a 5 MW (AC PV) facility in Caswell County, to be on-line by April 1, 2015, and to sell power to “Progress” (an apparent reference to Duke Energy Progress) under a 15-year PPA.
  • Dragstrip Farm LLC, also a Strata Solar affiliate, for a 5 MW (AC PV) facility in Burke County, to be on-line by April 2014, selling power to Duke Energy under a 15-year PPA.
  • Strata Solar’s Greenville Farm LLC for a 3 MW (AC PV) facility in Pitt County, due on-line by March 1, 2015, selling power to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.
  • Strata Solar’s Ostrich Farm LLC, for a 5 MW (AC PV) project in Rockingham County, on-line by June 2014, selling power under a 15-year PPA to Duke Energy.
  • Strata Solar’s Mayodan Farm LLC, for a 5 MW (AC PV) project in Rockingham County, due on-line by May 2014, selling power to Duke Energy under a 15-year PPA.
  • Strata Solar’s Dobbins Mill Farm LLC, for a 5 MW (AC PV) project in Yadkin County, on-line by April 2014, selling power under a 15-year PPA to Duke Energy.
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