Pecan Solar seeks approval for 75-MW project in North Carolina

Pecan Solar LLC filed a March 27 application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a 74.9-MW (ac) photovoltaic array.

The project site is located just east and west of Bethel Church Road approximately 0.6 to 2 miles north of the intersection of Bethel Church Road and Highway 186 in an unincorporated area of Northampton County. The site is approximately two miles east of Seaboard. The final site layout will depend on design considerations, consultation with PJM Interconnection and Dominion North Carolina Power (DNCP), potential lease of a fifth parcel and required permits.

The facility will consist of approximately three hundred and five thousand (305,000) 310 to 330 W photovoltaic modules affixed to single-axis tracking system and ground-mounted racks. The system will utilize forty one (41) 1.833 MW inverters. The facility’s nameplate capacity is 74.9 MW (ac). The facility is projected to come on line by June 1, 2016. The applicant plants to sell the output pursuant to a negotiated Power Purchase Agreement to DNCP or one or more wholesale or retail customers in deregulated states that allow for such sales, or to sell the output in the PJM market. The projected year one annual sales of the facility is approximately 167,000,000 kWh/yr.

The applicant intends to file for a self-certification as a Qualifying Facility (QF) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The application noted: “Applicant is aware that FERC entered an Order granting DNCP’s application to terminate its obligation to purchase from QFs with a net capacity in excess of 20 MW on July 17, 2008. Therefore, the Applicant is seeking only certain benefits of a QF, including but not limited to the right to interconnect and purchase certain service and the right for relief from regulatory burdens such as compliance with certain requirements of the Public Utility Holding Act.”

Contact information is: Pecan Solar LLC, 7804-C Fairview Road #257, Charlotte, NC 28226, phone (704)907-7163.

That e-mail address is for Geenex Solar, which says on its website: “Geenex is a vertically integrated PV company with the ability to deliver quality turnkey PV systems; covering the whole process from land acquisition, project development through to full or part EPC and O&M services. Geenex and it’s partners have a long history in the well developed and highly competitive German solar market. Building on strong partnerships on both sides of the Atlantic and combining German solar expertise with the American spirit and can-do attitude.”

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