Innovative Solar seeks approvals for two N.C. projects

Innovative Solar Systems LLC on July 15 officially filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission two more applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity on solar projects.

The company in recent months has applied for certificates on hundreds of MWs of solar projects, all of them to sell power to Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK). This 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, it said in the applications that 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.

  • Under one of the July 15 applications, Innovative Solar 71 LLC is seeking approval for a 4.995 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located at 1061 Swamp Fox Hwy. East, at Tabor City in Columbus County. The $9m Innovative Solar 71 project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015. The project will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the distribution level and selling electricity via a 15 year Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy under the Qualified Facilities Tariff.
  • The Innovative Solar 65 LLC project will be located at 13005 X-Way Road at Laurinburg in Scotland County. This is also a $9m project with a capacity of 4.995 MW (ac). The Innovative Solar 65 project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015. It will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the distribution level and selling electricity via a 15 year Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy with the Qualified Facilities Tariff.

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

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