North Carolina commission okays a new series of small solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission, as it has done several times lately, on Oct. 29 approved a whole new set of certificates of public and necessity for solar projects of around 5 MW (ac) in size.

The Oct. 29 approvals are:

  • On July 16, Carolina Solar Energy II LLC sought a certificate for a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at U.S. Highway 158 and Decharmarnel Drive, Murfreesboro, in Northampton County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On March 28, ESA Henderson NC LLC sought a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at Bearpond Road and Facet Road at Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina. It plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. On June 16, it filed an amendment to the application cutting the capacity from 20-MW (ac) to 10-MW (ac), which is the level approved on Oct. 29.
  • On April 15, Hemlock Solar LLC filed an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on Lowes Boulevard, north of North Carolina Highway 46, Garysburg, in Northampton County, North Carolina. It plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On May 1, Cottonwood Solar LLC filed an application for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on Macon Price Road, east of I-95, Garysburg, in Northampton County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On June 16, Azalea Solar LLC filed for a certificate for a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located 1,500 feet northeast of the rail crossing over NC Highway 46 near Garysburg, Northampton County, North Carolina. The applicant planned to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On July 21, Winding Oak Solar Center LLC filed for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located near Winding Oak Road and Sidney Cottrell Road, Oxford, in Granville County, North Carolina. The applicant stated that it planned to sell the electricity generated to Duke Energy Carolinas, then corrected that to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On Aug. 12, Infigen Energy US Development LLC filed an application for a certificate for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the south side of Nixonton Road and east of Dry Ridge Road near Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Dominion North Carolina Power.
  • On July 22, Pine Gate Holdings LLC sought a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 423 Morrison Bridge Road, Vass, in Moore County, North Carolina. The application states that Pine Gate plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. The application was then amended to make the project company Vass Solar 2 LLC.
  • On Aug. 6, Carolina Solar Energy II LLC sought a certificate for a new 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at Harvey Rouse Road and South Highland Avenue, Grifton, Lenoir County, North Carolina. Carolina Solar plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. The developer name was then changed to Exum Farm Solar LLC.
  • On Aug. 13, Carolina Solar Energy II LLC filed an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a 4.95-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 11263 S. College Road in Clarkton in Bladen County, North Carolina. Carolina Solar stated that it plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. The applicant name was then changed to Prease Farm Solar LLC.
  • On Aug. 13, Carolina Solar Energy II LLC sought a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 4.95-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 0 Kelly Drive near Sanford in Lee County, North Carolina. The applicant, which is now Boaz Farm Solar LLC due to a recent change, plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On June 26, Innovative Solar 6 LLC filed for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 3.6-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 2951-2965 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, Buncombe County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On June 16, Cattail Solar LLC filed an application for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located west of the Mill Road and Moore Lane intersection near Chocowinity, Beaufort County, North Carolina. The applicant plas to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress.
  • On June 23, Carolina Solar Energy II LLC sought a certificate for a photovoltaic facility of 4.99 MW (ac) in size, to be located in Montgomery County on McAulay Road near Candor, North Carolina. Carolina Solar stated that it plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. The applicant name was then changed to Kalish Farm Solar LLC.
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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.