North Carolina commission approves 165 MW of new solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on March 27 approved certificates of public convenience and necessity for five more solar projects, including two that would be an unusually large 75 MW apiece.

The commission in recent years has granted such approvals for dozens of solar projects, some of which then come back and terminate these approvals when the projects can’t get built. In all five of these new cases, the intended customer is a unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

  • In December 2013, Roady Lane Farm LLC filed an application seeking a certificate of for construction of a 74.8-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the south and north sides of NC Highway 13 and on the east and west sides of Herring Road in Mar-Mac, Wayne County. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress (DEP). Roady Lane Farm LLC is an indirect subsidiary of Strata Solar LLC, which said in the application that this project is due online in April 2015. The Strata Solar contact is Michael Cohen, 919-960-6015, mcohen@stratasolar.com.
  • In November 2013, Gantt Farm LLC sought a certificate for construction of a 74.8-MW (AC) solar facility to be located on the south and north sides of Roberts Chapel Road in Stem, Granville County. The company plans to sell the electricity to DEP. Gantt Farm LLC is an indirect subsidiary of Strata Solar, which said in the application that this project is due to come online in March 2015.
  • In November 2013, ESA Four Oaks NC 1 LLC sought an approval for construction of a 4.99-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 1667 NC 96 South in Four Oaks, Johnston County. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to DEP.
  • In October 2013, Blueberry One LLC sought approval for construction of a 5-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 3244 Old Grantham Road in Goldsboro, Wayne County. The company plans to sell the electricity to DEP.
  • In November 2013, West Siler Farm LLC applied for a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the south side of Coleridge Road between the intersections with West Third Street and Lane Jordan Road, Siler City, Chatham County. The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to DEP.
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