Duke files new interconnect request for 65-MW solar project

After clearing up certain issues, Duke Energy Progress on Aug. 8 filed at the North Carolina Utilities Commission an amended certificate application for a power line that will access a new, 65-MW solar project of Strata Solar LLC.

Prior to the construction of the new line necessary to connect Strata Solar’s new substation to DEP’s transmission system, the utility must obtain a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Convenience and Necessity from the commission.

On May 29, DEP filed its initial application in this matter. On June 13, DEP filed a request to hold this docket in abeyance until the issues regarding Warsaw Farm LLC‘s amended application for its own Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for its solar facility were resolved. Warsaw Farm is an affiliate of Strata Solar. The commission on Aug. 6 approved the reduction of the Warsaw Farm project from 75 MW (ac) in size, down to 65 MW (ac).

Accordingly, DEP has made very minor amendments to its line project application to reflect the change in size of the Warsaw Farm project, and to update the status of its right of way acquisition.

Strata Solar plans to build this 65-MW solar farm in Duplin County, and DEP will build an approximately 300-foot extension of the line to connect the solar farm to DEP’s Warsaw 230 kV Tap line which feeds off the Clinton-Wallace 230 kV Transmission Line. Also, Strata Solar plans to build a new 34.5 kV I 230 kV substation adjacent to the Warsaw 230 kV Tap line in the vicinity of DEP structures #16 and #17, and DEP will build a 230 kV Breaker Station immediately adjacent to the Strata Solar substation.

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