Invenergy affiliate sees no opposition to 20-MW solar project in North Carolina

Morgans Corner Solar Energy LLC, since no objections to its application have been filed, on Nov. 24 asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission to cancel the public hearing in this docket scheduled for Dec. 2 at the Pasquotank County Courthouse.

On Oct. 3, Morgans Corner filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct at 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, along with registration of the facility as a new renewable energy facility. On Oct. 22, the commission issued a scheduling order that included the public hearing. The order provides that the Commission may cancel the public hearing if no substantial written complaints regarding the proposed facility are filed by Nov. 21. No written complaints regarding the proposed facility were filed by that deadline, the company noted.

Morgans Corner is an Invenergy LLC affiliate. Construction of the PV facility is anticipated to begin in March 2015, with the expected commercial operation date being June 30, 2015.

The location of the proposed facility is four tracts of land comprising approximately 221 acres fronting US Highway 158 approximately one and one-half miles from the intersection with US Highway 17 and Blindman Road in the community of Morgans Corner in Pasquotank County. The facility will interconnect with the electric transmission system owned by Dominion North Carolina Power. The application noted that grid interconnect agreements are being worked out with PJM Interconnection.

Due to the aggressive state renewable energy goals, the North Carolina commission has lately reviewed and approved dozens of applications for solar PV projects in the state, most of them around 5 MW in size. While larger projects have also been approved, the 20-MW size for the Invenergy project stands out.

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