20-MW North Carolina solar project nears final approval

A hearing examiner at the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Aug. 12 issued a proposed approval for the full commission of a Feb. 4 application from Sunbury McCoy Lane Solar LLC for a 20-MW solar project.

The company is seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 20-MW photovoltaic facility to be located on NC Highway 32, near McCoy Road (Route 1324), in Holly Grove Township, just outside of Sunbury in Gates County, N.C. it plans to sell the electricity to Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power (DNCP).

At the public hearing on July 1, one public witness, Murray Parker, testified in support of the proposed facility. No public witnesses appeared to testify in opposition to the project.

“Bradley Fite testified on behalf of the Applicant,” the hearing examiner’s report noted. “Mr. Fite testified that it is anticipated that the facility will be energized in phases, with the final phase to be brought online by December 31, 2014. Mr. Fite testified that the facility will provide [renewable energy credits] for use by DNCP to meet its [Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard] requirements. Mr. Fite further testified that the facility will provide an additional tax base to local governments and result in tens of thousands of dollars of additional tax revenue annually.”

If exceptions are not filed, the attached report and Aug. 12 recommended decision will become final and effective on Aug. 28, unless the commission, upon its own initiative, modifies or changes the proposed order.

A company contact is: Sunbury McCoy Lane Solar LLC, 192 Raceway Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117, Attn: Kenny Habul, Phone: (704) 662-0375, Email: Kenny@sunenergy1.com.

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