Strata Solar pursues another large power project in North Carolina

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Dec. 12 issued an order requiring publication of a notice of a Nov. 21 application for an unusually large 74.8-MW solar photovoltaic project of Gantt Farm LLC.

The commission in recent months has handled a number of applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity for solar projects, with the majority of those applications for projects of around 5 MW size, with a handful ranging up to 20 MW. The 74.8-MW size for this project stands out for that reason.

The Gantt Farm facility is to be located on the south and north sides of Roberts Chapel Road near the town of Stem in Granville County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress, a unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

The project, which will seek qualifying facility status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is due for operation by March 2015.

Gantt Farm LLC is owned by Strata Solar. The company contact is Michael Cohen, 919-960-6015, mcohen@stratasolar.com. The application noted that North Carolina-based Strata Solar was founded in 2008 and has installed over 100 MW of solar photovoltaic projects.

Strata Solar is pursuing other projects in North Carolina. For example, Wiggins Mill Farm LLC, a unit of Strata Solar, filed an Aug. 16 application with the North Carolina commission on a 74.8-MW (AC) photovoltaic project in Wilson County. 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, the application said.

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