North Carolina lays out review schedule for Duke solar project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Feb. 6 established the procedural schedule in its review of a Feb. 2 application from Duke Energy Progress for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to construct a 12.8-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, Onslow County, North Carolina.

DEP states that the facility will be situated on two parcels of land totaling approximately 80 acres, and that the entire site is located within the boundaries of Camp Lejeune. The facility will interconnect via a transmission interconnection route up to the DEP-owned Camp Lejeune #2 substation that is located approximately 0.25 miles north of the facility site. DEP intends to begin construction in April 2015, and have the facility in commercial operation by December 2015.

Under the schedule issued by the commission:

  • On or before Feb. 20, DEP needs to file direct testimony in support of its application.
  • A public witness hearing will be on March 17  at the Onslow County Courthouse.
  • An evidentiary hearing to receive expert testimony of the parties is to be held on March 25 in a commission hearing room in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Any person having an interest in this proceeding may file a petition to intervene on or before March 13.
  • The direct testimony and exhibits of the commission’s Public Staff and other intervenors shall be filed on or before March 13.
  • DEP may file rebuttal testimony and exhibits by March 20.
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