Ecoplexus seeks approval for 12-MW North Carolina solar project

Fresh Air Energy XI LLC applied Dec. 29 at the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity as well as registration as a new renewable facility for its 12-MW (ac) Grifton PV1 solar facility in Lenoir County.

The facility will be situated on a single parcel located at approximately 5228 Skeeter Pond Road, Grifton, Lenoir County. It will consist of approximately fifty-two thousand 300Wp (dc) photovoltaic (PV) modules (or the equivalent) affixed to ground-mounted racks, which will be supported by piles driven into the ground. The system will utilize approximately fifteen 800 kW (ac) inverters (or the equivalent) and will be interconnected to the grid operated by Duke Energy Progress.

The facility is projected to come on line in June 2016. Electricity generated by the facility is to be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a power purchase agreement.

A company contact is: John Gorman, CEO, Fresh Air Energy XI LLC, 650 Townsend Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94103, telephone (415) 626-1802,

Said the Ecoplexus Inc. website: “We are a leader in the development, design, construction, and financing of solar power projects for the commercial, municipal, non-profit and utility markets in the US and key International markets. The Company’s energy services capabilities, and strong analytical and project finance expertise are the foundation from which we have successfully developed, built and financed many solar energy facilities in a short period of time. We focus on distributed generation projects in the 1MW to 30MW range. Currently Ecoplexus has a pipeline of over 400MWs of projects in the US and Internationally.”

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