QF status dropped for North Carolina solar project sold to Duke

DD Fayetteville Solar NC LLC on Jan. 7 notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is is dropping its qualifying facility (QF) status since its in-construction project in North Carolina has been sold to a unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

In October 2013, DD Fayetteville Solar self-certified a solar generating project as a Qualifying Small Power Production Facility. “On December 18, 2014, that Project was sold to Duke Energy Progress, Inc.,” said the notice. “The Applicant hereby notifies the Commission that it wishes to terminate the qualifying facility status of the Project and withdraw its October 30, 2013 filing in Docket No. QF14-49-000, with immediate effect. Please note that since the Project is still in the construction stages of development, the Project has not yet commenced generating power or made any sales of power. This withdrawal notice is made with the express consent of the current owner of the Project, and is without any prejudice to the right of current owner of the Project making such other and future filings with and applications to the Commission as the current owner is authorized to make.”

Duke Energy said Dec. 8 that it has received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to acquire and construct three large solar facilities in eastern North Carolina. The three projects are part of Duke Energy’s $500m solar expansion announced in September, which also includes buying power under purchase power agreements from five other new solar projects in both the Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress service territories.

The projects will begin construction in early 2015, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The three projects will total 128 MW of capacity. The three acquired projects include:

  • The 65-MW Warsaw Solar Facility in Duplin County. The Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) was transferred to Duke Energy from Strata Solar.
  • The 40-MW Elm City Solar Facility in Wilson County. The CPCN was transferred to Duke Energy from HelioSage Energy.
  • The 23-MW Fayetteville Solar Facility in Bladen County, near the Cumberland County border. The CPCN was transferred to Duke Energy from Tangent Energy Solutions.
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