North Carolina commission approves uprate for Kelford Solar project

In a Feb. 25 order, the North Carolina Utilties Commission approved a revision adding new land and an uprated capacity for a 23.1-MW (ac) solar project that has lately been in in construction in Bertie County, N.C.

In March 2014, the commission issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Kelford Solar LLC for construction of a 20-MW (ac) photovoltaic facility to be located in Bertie County on NC Highway 308, between the north and south intersections of Cherry Farm Road in Kelford. On Dec. 5, 2014, the applicant filed for an amendment, stating that it has begun construction of the facility. However, it has decided to add additional land to the site, and to increase the capacity of the facility to 23.1 MW (ac). The applicant stated that taking into consideration the additional land to be used, the location of the facility is now on NC Highway 308 (Governors Road), between the north and south intersections with Cherry Farm Road.

The Dec. 5 application noted: “The generating facility will utilize approximately 106,032 PV modules consisting of 305 watts each and 15 inverters consisting of 1,500 kW each. The projected annual sales of electricity from this facility is approximately 55,301,400 kWh.” The company said it wouldn’t do any construction on the new land area until this revision was granted.

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