North Carolina commission puts hold on solar power line

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Aug. 4 agreed with a Duke Energy Progress request to put a hold on a proceeding related to a power line needed to support a solar project in Duplin County, N.C.

On May 29, Duke Energy Progress had filed an application seeking a certificate of environmental compatibility and public convenience and necessity to construct a new transmission tap line in Duplin County. DEP said the new tap line will be constructed to serve a roughly 80-MW solar photovoltaic facility that is being built by Warsaw Farm LLC.

Then on June 13, DEP filed a request to hold this docket in abeyance. DEP’s request was based on changes being made to the proposed generating facility by Warsaw Farm. The commission on Aug. 4 put the application into abeyance, requiring DEP to file a statement updating the commission on the status of DEP’s application within 90 days of the date of the Aug. 4 order.

On May 29, Warsaw Farm asked the commission for permission to amend its certificate application from Feb. 22, 2013. The planned site is the same, on Penny Branch Road near the town of Warsaw, but size of the facility has been reduced due to interconnection constraints. The maximum gross power production of the facility is being amended to 64.8 MW (ac), down from 74.8 MW (ac).

The Warsaw Farm facility will consist of approximately eight hundred seventeen thousand 102-Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mount racks and approximately eighty-five 800-kW inverters (or equivalent).

Warsaw Farm was formed in 2012 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strata Solar Development LLC, a 100% affiliate of Strata Solar LLC. The contact in the original and amended applications is: Michael Cohen, Strata Solar LLC, 919-960-6015, mcohen@stratasolar.com.

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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.