North Carolina commission approves a number of new solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Oct. 21 issued a new batch of certificates of public convenience and necessity for new solar projects in the state.

The approvals include:

  • In July 2013, North Star Development Services LLC applied for a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Richmond County on Beaverdam Church Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 1 near Rockingham, North Carolina. North Star planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Oct. 13, North Star and Beaver Dam Solar LLC filed an amendment to the application to reflect the new applicant as Beaver Dam Solar, formed on Sept. 25 for the purpose of owning the facility.
  • In July 2013, North Star Development Services LLC filed for a certificate for a new 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Richmond County on Beaverdam Church Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 1 near Rockingham, North Carolina. North Star planned to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress. On Oct. 13, North Star and Beaver Dam Solar LLC sought an amendment to the application to reflect the applicant as Beaver Dam Solar, formed in September for the purpose of owning the facility.
  • In July 2013, North Star Development Services LLC filed for a certificate for a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Richmond County on Beaverdam Church Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 1 near Rockingham, North Carolina. North Star planned to sell the electricity generated to Duke Energy Progress. On Oct. 13, North Star and Beaver Dam Solar LLC filed an amendment to the application to reflect the applicant as Beaver Dam Solar.
  • In October 2013, the commission issued an order granting a certificate to SunEnergy1 LLC for construction of a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Pasquotank County on US Highway 17N, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. On Aug. 11, SunEnergy1 filed an amended application stating that the proposed site plan of the facility has changed due to the addition of a second parcel of land to the original proposed site, and that the planned capacity has been reduced to 5-MW (ac). SunEnergy1 plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On Feb. 7, BG Stewart Solar Farm LLC filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Union County at 1514 Old Highway 74, Marshville, North Carolina. The applicant planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas.
  • On Jan. 8, the commission granted a certificate to SolNCPower1 LLC for a 5-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Nash County at 662 West Battleboro Avenue, Battleboro, North Carolina. On May 15, SolNCPower1 and SolNCPower5 LLC asked for a transfer of the certificate to SolNCPower5. The commission approved a new certificate on June 3 under the new company name. On July 28, the applicant filed an amended application stating that the proposed site plan of the facility has changed due to the addition of a second parcel of land adjacent to the original proposed site. The Oct. 21 order grants a new certificate based on that change.
  • On July 31, Lillington Solar LLC sought a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Harnett County near Blake Street on US Highway 401, Lillington, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Aug. 8, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 3-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Harnett County on NC Highway 27, Lillington, North Carolina. The application states that Pine Gate plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Oct. 1, Pine Gate and Peach Solar LLC filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Peach Solar, formed in August for the purpose of owning the facility.
  • On Aug. 8, Pine Gate Holdings LLC applied for a certificate for construction of a 4.998-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Harnett County on McDougald Road, Lillington, North Carolina. Pine Gate plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Oct. 1, Pine Gate and McDougald Solar LLC sought an amendment to the application to reflect the applicant as McDougald Solar, formed in August for the purpose of owning the facility.
  • On Aug. 8, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed for a certificate for construction of a 4.998-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Harnett County on Prospect Church Road, Dunn, North Carolina. The application states that Pine Gate plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Oct. 1, Pine Gate and Prospect Solar 1 LLC sought an amendment to the application to reflect the applicant as Prospect Solar 1, formed in August for the purpose of owning the facility.
  • On April 29, Fresh Air Energy II LLC filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Randolph County at 1128 Little River Road, Asheboro, North Carolina. The applicant planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On April 29, Fresh Air Energy II LLC sought a certificate for construction of a 19.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Currituck County at 6562 Caratoke Highway near Grandy, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On Feb. 28, McGoogan Farm LLC filed an application seeking a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Robeson County on Golf View Drive, south of the intersection with North Fayetteville Street and NC Highway 71, Lumber Bridge, North Carolina. McGoogan stated that it plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On May 6, Chowan Virginia Road Solar LLC applied for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Chowan County near Ryland Road and Virginia Road, Tyner, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On May 6, Chowan Jehu Road Solar LLC filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Chowan County near Ryland Road and Jehu Road, Tyner, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On May 12, Gliden Jehu Solar LLC sought a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Chowan County near Jehu Road and Gliden Road, near Belvidere, North Carolina. It plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power. The utility had complained that the developer of this and two other 5-MW projects next door had tried to slip under a statutory size limit by calling these three 5-MW projects, instead of one 15-MW project. So the developer dropped the other two applications.
  • On May 23, Faison Farm LLC applied for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Duplin County north of US Highway 403, on US Highway 117, Faison, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Aug. 8, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate for construction of a 4.998-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Harnett County on McDougald Road, Lillington, North Carolina. Pine Gate saidit planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Oct. 1, Pine Gate and McDougald Solar LLC filed an amendment to the application to reflect the applicant as McDougald Solar.
  • On July 28, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Robeson County at 425 Elrod Road, Maxton, North Carolina. The application states that Pine Gate plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Sept. 17, Pine Gate and Maxton Solar 1 LLC filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Maxton Solar 1, formed in August for the purpose of owning the facility.
  • On June 30, Pine Gate Holdings LLC sought a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 4-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Scotland County at 17008 Springs Mill Road, Laurinburg, North Carolina. Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Sept. 19, Pine Gate and Laurel Hill Solar LLC filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Laurel Hill Solar, formed in August for the purpose of owning the facility.
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