North Carolina commission okays new developer, downsizing for solar project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Feb. 23 approved the transfer of a certificate for a large solar project of Innovative Solar Systems LLC to a new company and a slight downsizing of the project.

In August 2014, the commission granted Innovative Solar 34 LLC a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a 50-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located at the intersection of Currie Road and Derby Road in Jackson Springs, Richmond County, North Carolina. On Jan. 23, Innovative Solar and Eden Solar LLC filed an amended application requesting that the CPCN be transferred to Eden Solar. Innovative Solar and Eden Solar further requested that:

  • the capacity of the facility be changed to 47.7 MW;
  • that the contact information for the applicant be changed to the address of FLS Energy Inc., 130 Roberts Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801; and
  • that the address of the facility be updated to state the address as 2252 Derby Road, Ellerbe, North Carolina.

The project contact persons are now: Veronika Gunter or Patty Mandaro,, 828-350-3993.

The Jan 23 application said the estimated project cost is $90 million. The Eden Solar project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2015, with substantial completion by Oct. 1, 2015.

“The Eden Solar project will be interconnecting to Duke Energy at the transmission level and selling electricity via a 15 year Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy with the Qualified Facilities Tariff,” the Jan. 23 filing said. “The service life of the facility will be at least 25 years. Actual productive life for the facility will be more than 30 years. However, Eden Solar uses the manufacturer’s warranty for solar modules as a conservative estimate for service life. The solar modules selected for this project include a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty.”

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