North Carolina commission okays 132 MW of total solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Nov. 15 granted the latest certificates of public convenience and necessity in a recent wave of solar photovoltaic projects, with one of the approvals going to an unusually large project of nearly 75 MW in size.

The most common size in recent months for these solar projects is 5 MW, and several projects of that size were approved on Nov. 15. The approvals covered:

  • On Aug. 16, Wiggins Mill Farm LLC filed for construction of a 74.8-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located along US Highway 301, on three parcels with frontage on Upchurch Road and four parcels slightly south of Rosebud Church Road in Wilson County. The applicant plans to sell this electricity to the Duke Energy Progress unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).
  • On May 30, Holstein Holdings LLC sought an approval for a 20-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on land on the north and south sides of Skyway Church Road between Airbase Road and Sycamore Church Road in Maxton, Scotland County. It plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Aug. 14, SunEnergy1 LLC sought approval for a 12-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on Watson Seed Farm Road near Bellamy Mill Road, Whitakers, Nash County. The applicant plans to sell this electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power, which is the d/b/a name in North Carolina for the Virginia Electric and Power unit of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D).
  • On Aug. 16, Stout Farm LLC sought approval for construction of a 5-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located north of I-85/I-40 and southwest of Redman Crossing Road, in Efland, Orange County. It plans to sell this electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas LLC, which is also a unit of Duke Energy.
  • On Aug. 16, Yanceyville Farm 2 LLC sought approval for a 5-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic project located on the northwest side of NC Highway 62 just north of the intersection with NC Highway 86/US Highway 158, in Yanceyville, Caswell County. The applicant plans to sell this electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Aug. 23, Yanceyville Farm 3 LLC sought approval for a 5-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the west side of Murray Road north of the intersection with Quail Meadows Road, Yanceyville, Caswell County. The developer plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Aug. 23, Elroy Farm LLC applied for a certificate on a 5-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the east and west sides of Longs Plant Farm Road north of the intersection with US Highway 70, Elroy, Wayne County. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Aug. 23, Bladenboro Farm 2 LLC filed for approval on a 5-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the north and south sides of West Bladen Street west of the intersection with Ashe Street, in Bladenboro, Bladen County. It plans to sell the electricity from this facility to Duke Energy Progress. 
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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.