Innovative Solar seeks okay for 35-MW North Carolina project

On May 6, Innovative Solar Systems LLC filed at the North Carolina Utilities Commission the latest in a series of recent applications for large solar projects that it said will supply power to Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

The May 6 application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity was filed on behalf of project company Innovative Solar 38 LLC.

Innovative Solar Sytems is a North Carolina developer of commercial and utility scale solar energy projects, with a particular focus on utility scale ground mounted systems. Over the last three years, its management team has developed a number of renewable energy projects and currently has over 600 MW of projects in various approval stages with Duke Energy.

Innovative Solar 38 will be a 35-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located at 500 Red Hill Rd. in Mt. Olive in Duplin County, N.C. The $63m facility will consist of approximately 140,000 solar photovoltaic modules on an aluminum or steel racking structure.

The Innovative Solar 38 project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015. It will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to Duke Energy under the Qualified Facilities Tariff.

The Innovative Solar Systems contact is: John Green, Senior Electrical Engineer and co-founder, 828-215-9064, johngreen@bellsouth.net.

Also, on May 5, the company applied on behalf of Innovative Solar 36 LLC for a certificate on an 80-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located at 300 George II Highway in Southport in Brunswick County, N.C. This $144m project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015. The project will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15-year PPA to Duke Energy under the Qualified Facilities Tariff.

Innovative Solar Systems on May 5 also filed with the North Carolina commission a separate application for a certificate on behalf of affiliate Innovative Solar 42 LLCInnovative Solar 42 will develop a $135m, 75-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located at 7550 Rufus Johnson Rd., Fayetteville, N.C., in Cumberland and Bladen counties. This  project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015. The project will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15-year PPA to Duke Energy under the Qualified Facilities Tariff.

Other recent applications from the company for projects to supply power to Duke are:

  • The Innovative Solar 31 LLC affiliate of Innovative Solar on May 2 filed with the North Carolina commission a certificate application for a 35-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project to be located in Bladen County, N.C. The $63m project would be located at 299 White Farm Lane in Bladenboro and would interconnect to the Duke Energy system. The project is to be in-service around Nov. 1, 2015.
  • Innovative Solar Systems applied April 28 at the North Carolina commission for a certificate for a $144m, 80-MW (ac) solar project to be located in Hope Mills, N.C. The project company is Innovative Solar 46 LLC. This project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015.
  • Innovative Solar 41 LLC filed a certificate application on April 25 with the North Carolina commission for a $90m, 50-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic system located at 752 Turnbull Rd. in Garland in Bladen County. The Innovative Solar 41 project has a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015.
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