Innovative Solar Systems brings its application total up to 500 MW

On May 6 and 7, Innovative Solar Systems LLC submitted three more filings at the North Carolina Utilities Commission for unusually large solar projects that would all service Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

Innovative Solar Systems 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.

  • One May 7 application was from Innovative Solar 40 LLC for a certificate on a 25-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located at 252 NC 241 Highway, Beulaville, N.C., which is in Duplin County. This $45m project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015. The Innovative Solar 40 project will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy with the Qualified Facilities Tariff.
  • Another May 7 certificate application came from Innovative Solar 43 LLC for a 40-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located at 910 Brown Road, Ivanhoe, N.C., which is in Bladen County. The Innovative Solar 43 project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015, with a cost of $72.6m. The Innovative Solar 43 project will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy under the Qualified Facilities Tariff.
  • Innovative Solar 37 LLC on May 6 filed a certificate application with the North Carolina commission for an 80-MW (ac) project at 2760 Old Sneedsboro Road at Morven, N.C., in Anson County. This $144m project would also be commercially operational around Nov. 1, 2015. The Innovative Solar 37 project will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy under the tariff.

The contact for these projects is: John Green, Senior Electrical Engineer and co-founder, 828-215-9064 or johngreen@bellsouth.net.

This continues a spate of recent applications with the North Carolina commission for solar projects that would all serve Duke. The previously-reported projects are:

  • On May 6, Innovative Solar 38 LLC was the subject of a certificate application for  a 35-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located at 500 Red Hill Rd. in Mt. Olive in Duplin County, N.C. The $63m facility is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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 LLC. Innovative 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 Innovative Solar 31 LLC affiliate of Innovative Solar on May 2 filed 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. 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.

All of the nine projects named in this story add up to an even 500 MW (ac) of capacity, close to the 600 MW (ac) figure that Innovative Solar Systems uses in each of the applications to describe its development program with Duke.

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