North Carolina commission okays 20-MW solar project of Invenergy

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Dec. 3 approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity for an Invenergy LLC affiliate for a 20-MW (ac) solar project.

In October, Morgans Corner Solar Energy LLC filed an application for a certificate to construct a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Pasquotank County. The application said fonstruction 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, North Carolina. The facility will interconnect with the electric transmission system owned by Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power. The application noted that grid interconnect agreements are being worked out with PJM Interconnection.

Morgans Corner is a third tier subsidiary of Invenergy Clean Power LLC (ICP), which is an affiliate of Invenergy LLC, a large independent wind energy owner, operator and developer. ICP and Invenergy LLC are affiliates with the same ultimate parent company, Invenergy Investment Co. LLC.

“Under North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (‘REPS’ or ‘Senate Bill 3’), investor-owned utilities in North Carolina are required to meet up to 12.5% of their energy needs through renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures by 2021,” the application said. “Rural electric cooperatives and municipal electric suppliers are subject to a 10% REPS requirement, which must be met by 2018. G.S. § 62-133.8(8) defines solar as a renewable energy resource. The Facility will provide a significant source of RECs for use by Electric Power Suppliers to demonstrate compliance with Senate Bill 3. This Facility is expected to generate approximately 35,600 RECs annually.”

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