North Carolina commission approves new solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Aug. 27 approved a revised certificate of public convenience and necessity for a big solar project, and also approved Duke Energy Progress to build a power line to another solar project.

In November 2013, the commission issued a certificate to SunEnergy1 LLC for construction of a 12-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on U.S. Highway 64 east of Creswell in Washington County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.

On June 18, SunEnergy1 filed an amendment increasing the capacity of the facility to 14 MW (ac). The amendment further stated that a portion of the site location of the facility was being changed by the removal of one parcel and the addition of other parcels to the site layout. That revision was approved on Aug. 27.

In two other Aug. 27 approvals for new certificates:

  • In October 2013, Vicksburg Solar LLC had sought approval for construction of a 3.5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located across from 2064 Vicksboro Road, Henderson, Vance County, N.C. The applicant plans to sell the electricity from this facility to Duke Energy Progress.
  • In June of this year, Manway Solar LLC sought approval for a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located south of NC Highway 210 West and west of U.S. Highway 701 in Bladen County, N.C, near Garland. It plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress.

Also on Aug. 27, the commission approved for Duke Energy Progress an application for a certificate on a new transmission tap line, about 300 feet in length, and a 230-kV breaker station in Duplin County to serve what was originally planned to be an 80-MW solar farm of Warsaw Farm LLC. The utility then asked to amend the application because Warsaw Farm had reduced the project size from 80 MW to 65 MW. On Aug. 26, the commission approved the certificate for the Warsaw Farm project itself at the new size. The commission on Aug. 27 approved the revised power line application.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.