North Carolina commission okays 21 new solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Oct. 14 approved a long series of certificates of public convenience and necessity for the kind of small solar projects that abound in that state.

The approvals were for:

  • On July 3, Pine Gate Holdings LLC applied for a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Forsyth County on NC Highway 65 East, Rural Hall, North Carolina. Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas. On Sept. 19, Pine Gate, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cypress Creek Renewables, filed an amendment to reflect the new applicant as Germantown Solar LLC, which is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Cypress Creek Renewables.
  • On June 25, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Nash County on NC Highway 97, Middlesex, North Carolina. The application states that Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Sept. 3, Pine Gate and Nash 97 Solar LLC filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Nash 97 Solar LLC, which formed by Pine Gate for the purpose of owning the facility.
  • On July 28, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate on a 4-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Harnett County at the intersection of NC Highway 82 and John and Esther Lane, Erwin, North Carolina. The application states that Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Sept. 17, Pine Gate filed an amendment to reflect the new applicant as Tripp Solar LLC.
  • On July 1, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Vance County at 5501 Raleigh Road, Kittrell, North Carolina. Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Sept. 17, Pine Gate filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Vance Solar 1 LLC.
  • On July 14, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Burke County on Cline Park Drive, Hildebran, North Carolina. Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas. On Sept. 19, Pine Gate filed an amendment to reflect the new applicant as Cline Solar LLC.
  • On July 31, North Selma Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Johnston County at 435 Old Beulah Road, Selma, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On July 31, Smithfield Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Johnston County on U.S. Highway 70 Business near Smithfield, North Carolina. The applicant planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On July 14, Pine Gate Holdings LLC applied for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Johnston County at 1456 Bizzell Grove Church Road, Selma, North Carolina. Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Sept. 19, Pine Gate filed an amendment to reflect the new applicant as Bizzell Church Solar 3 LLC.
  • On July 28, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate for a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Rowan County at 12925 Statesville Boulevard, Cleveland, North Carolina. Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas. On Sept. 19, Pine Gate filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Statesville Solar LLC.
  • On April 23, Carolina Solar Energy II LLC applied for a certificate for construction of a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Martin County at 19919 U.S. Highway 64, Williamston, North Carolina. It planned to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power. On Sept. 23, Carolina Solar Energy II and Hardison Farm Solar LLC filed an amendment to provide that the Hardison Farm Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carolina Solar Energy II, would own the proposed facility.
  • On April 23, Carolina Solar Energy II LLC filed an application for a certificate on a solar photovoltaic facility. The company planned to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power. This is a 4.99-MW (ac) facility to be located in Martin County at 5011 Wild Cat Road, Williamston, North Carolina. On Sept. 23, Carolina Solar Energy II and Modlin Farm Solar LLC filed an amendment to provide that Modlin Farm Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carolina Solar Energy II, would own the proposed facility.
  • On June 25, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Nash County on NC Highway 97, Middlesex, North Carolina. Pine Gate planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On Sept. 3, Pine Gate and Nash 97 Solar LLC filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Nash 97 Solar LLC.
  • On July 28, Pine Gate Holdings LLC filed an application seeking a certificate on a 3.5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Durham County on 721 Junction Road, Durham, North Carolina. Pine Gate said it planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas. On Sept. 19, Pine Gate, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cypress Creek Renewables, filed an amendment to reflect the applicant as Durham Solar LLC, another subsidiary of Cypress Creek Renewables.
  • On Nov. 13, 2013, Seaboard Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate on a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Northampton County on NC Highway 186, Seaboard, North Carolina. Seaboard stated that it plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On June 9, 2013, Elm Solar LLC applied for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Lee County, at 1395 Fire Tower Road, Sanford, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On June 9, 2013, Poplar Solar LLC applied for a certificate on a 4.5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility in Wayne County, at 5565 US Highway 70, Goldsboro, North Carolina. It plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On June 18, Bearford Solar II LLC filed an application seeking a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Duplin County, at 478 Old Savannah Road, Rose Hill, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On June 13, Cornstalk Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Northampton County on NC Highway 48, 500 feet east by northeast from the intersection of Lydias Way and NC Highway 48, Gaston, North Carolina. Cornstalk plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On July 31, Pollocksville Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Jones County at 8921 U.S. Highway 17, Pollocksville, North Carolina. The applicant planned to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On March 7, Calypso Solar LLC applied for a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Duplin County on Edwina Kornegay Road, Calypso, North Carolina. Calypso Solar plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Nov. 13, 2013, Mt. Olive Solar 1 LLC filed for a certificate for a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located in Wayne County on the southern side of Lees Country Club Road and west of US Highway 117 in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
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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.