North Carolina commission approves transfer of solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission, in a series of Dec. 11 orders, approved changes related to several solar projects, including a change related to a 20-MW solar project formerly held by SunEnergy1 LLC.

On July 30, the commission issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to SunEnergy 1 LLC for construction of a 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located on Edwards Fork Road in Scotland Neck, Halifax County, N.C.

On Nov. 21, SunEnergy 1 and Dogwood Solar LLC filed a notification with the commission about a plan by SunEnergy 1 and Dogwood to transfer the CPCN for the facility from SunEnergy 1 to Dogwood. The Dec. 11 order approved the transfer.

The commission also took other Dec. 11 actions on solar projects, including:

  • It ordered publication of a notice on a 20-MW project. On Dec. 2, Kelford Solar LLC filed an application for CPCN for construction of a 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located on NC Highway 308, between the north and south intersections of Cherry Farm Road, in Kelford, Bertie County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • The commission approved the transfer of a CPCN issued in August to SunEnergy1 for construction of a 5-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 218 Cooper Hill Road in Windsor, Bertie County, N.C. The transfer was to Windsor Cooper Hill Solar LLC.
  • Transfer of a CPCN was approved on Dec. 11 from SunEnergy1 to Bethel Price Solar LLC. The CPCN covers construction of a 5-MW solar facility to be located on Price Road in Bethel, Pitt County, N.C.
  • Approved for transfer was a CPCN issued to DEGS NC Solar LLC for construction of a 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located at the Warren Field Airport in Washington, Beaufort County, N.C. On Nov. 19, DEGS NC Solar LLC, now known as Duke Energy Renewables NC Solar LLC (DER), and Washington Airport Solar LLC filed a notification with the commission of the plan of DER and Airport Solar to transfer the CPCN for the facility from DER to Airport Solar. In addition, DER stated that the size of the facility has been changed from 20 MW to 5 MW. The CPCN has been amended to show the downgrade to 5 MW.
  • In October, the commission issued a CPCN to SoINCPower1 LLC for a 5-MW solar facility to be located on Belvidere Road (Highway 37) between Bagley Swamp Road to the south and Sandy Cross Road to the north in Winfall, Perquimans County, N.C. On Nov. 22, SoINCPower1 and SoINCPower2 LLC filed a notification with the commission of a plan to transfer the CPCN from SoINCPower1to SoINCPower2. That transfer was approved on Dec. 11.
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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.