Cypress Creek affiliates seek approvals for 10-MW and 20-MW solar projects

Related companies, including Whiteville Solar 1 LLC and New Bern Solar LLC, on April 28 filed applications at the North Carolina Utilities Commission for certificates of public convenience and necessity for new photovoltaic (PV) projects.

Whiteville Solar 1 is seeking a certificate authorizing construction of a 10-MW (ac) facility. It will be located on the south side of Prison Camp Road, east of James B. White Highway South, and west of Pleasant Plains Church Road in Whiteville in Columbus County, N.C.  The facility will consist of approximately forty-six thousand six hundred and sixty (46,660) 300Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. The facility will utilize approximately twelve (12) 833kW inverters (or equivalent).

The Whiteville Solar 1 facility is projected to come online in December 2015. Electricity generated by the facility will be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The projected annual sales of the facility are 21,092,792 kWh.

New Bern Solar wants a certificate for a 20-MW (ac) solar facility. It will be located west of Shoo Fly Road, east of US Highway 17, and north of Gaskins Road in New Bern in Craven County, N.C. The facility will consist of approximately ninety-three thousand three hundred and twenty (93,320) 300Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. The facility will utilize approximately twenty-four (24) 833kW inverters (or equivalent).

The New Bern Solar facility is projected to come online in February 2016. Electricity generated by the facility will be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The projected annual sales of the facility are 42,185,584 kWh.

Other April 28 applications were from:

  • Arthur Solar LLC is also seeking a certificate on a 10-MW (ac) solar facility. It will be located on the north side of James B. White Highway South, northwest of the intersection of James B. White Highway South and Hughes Farm Lane, and east of Joe Brown Highway South in Tabor City in Columbus County, N.C. The Arthur Solar facility will consist of approximately forty-six thousand six hundred and sixty (46,660) 300Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. The facility will utilize approximately twelve (12) 833 kW inverters (or equivalent). The facility is projected to come online by December 2015. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The projected annual sales of the facility are 21,092,792 kWh.
  • Organ Church Solar LLC also filed for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar facility, to be located west of Organ Church Road and east of Carter Loop Road in Rockwell in Rowan County, N.C. The facility will consist of approximately twenty-three thousand three hundred and thirty (23,330) 300Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. it will utilize approximately six (6) 833kW inverters (or equivalent). The Organ Church facility is projected to come online in February 2016. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The projected annual sales of the facility are 10,546,396 kWh.
  • Lyon Solar LLC wants a certificate for a 5-MW (ac) solar facility to be located on the east side of East Lyon Station Road, south of the intersection of East Lyon Station Road and Will Suitt Road, and north of the intersection of East Lyon Station Road and WB Clark Road in Butner in Granville County, N.C. It will consist of approximately twenty three thousand three hundred thirty (23,330) 300 Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. The facility will utilize approximately six (6) 833 kW inverters (or equivalent). The facility is projected to come online in or before February 2016. Electricity generated by the ·Facility will be sold to Duke Energy Carolinas under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The projected annual sales of the facility are 10,546,396 kWh.

The contact for all five project companies is the same: David Bunge, 3250 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 355, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 636-474-9067, bunge@ccrenew.com.

That is contact information for Cypress Creek Renewables, which says about itself on its website: “Cypress Creek Renewables is a highly qualified solar developer and investor managing a development pipeline of more than 1 gigawatt to be deployed over the next 24-36 months. Our management team has a combined track record of over 100 operational utility-scale projects throughout the United States.”

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