40-MW project among North Carolina solar approvals

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on April 28 approved certificates of public convenience and necessity for four solar projects, including an unusually large one of 40-MW (ac) in size.

In November 2013, Nan Solar Center LLC filed an application for a 40-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 4616 Haynes Road in Elm City, Wilson County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress, a unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

Nan Solar Center is backed by HelioSage Energy. HelioSage is a national developer of commercial and utility scale solar energy projects,with over 12 years of experience in renewable energy finance and development and witha particular focus on the East Coast. Over the last decade, its management team has delivered over 450 MW of renewable energy projects nationwide, representing over $500m in financed projects. The Nan Solar Center facility is estimated to cost $72.6m.

The Nan Solar Center is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Dec. 31, 2016. The facility will reach substantial completion by October 2014.

The Nan Solar Center will be interconnecting to the Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy in accordance with the Qualified Facilities Tariff.

A project contact is: Kyle West, Senior Project Developer, HelioSage Energy, (434) 299-0335, kwest@heliosage.com.

Also on April 28, the commission approved three other projects of a size that is more normal for North Carolina solar projects:

  • In September 2013, Woodland Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate for construction of a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at W. Main Street/US Hwy 258, Woodland, Northampton County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power, which is a unit of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D).
  • In September 2013, Winton Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate for construction of a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 100 NC Hwy 45, Winton, Hertford County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On Feb. 19, Foxfire Farm LLC sought a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the east side of Hoffman Road, south of the intersection with Hwy 211 in West End, Moore County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
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