Nickelson Solar seeks North Carolina approval for 5-MW project

Nickelson Solar LLC applied April 21 to the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar facility to be located in Duplin County, N.C.

Nickelson Solar will be the owner of the facility. It has entered into a site control agreement with Renewable Energy Services LLC, which has entered into a lease agreement with Duplin Street #2205 Limited Partnership, the current owner of the site.  The facility will be located on the east side of Bill McGee Road, east of the intersection of Hilton Heights Road and North Teachey Road, and west of the intersection of NC Highway 11 and North Teachey Road, in Wallace in Duplin County.

The $10 million facility is projected to come online in December 2015. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a 15 year power purchase agreement, the application noted. The service life of the equipment is expected to be a minimum of 25 years. The projected annual sales of the facility are 10,546,396 kWh.

A project contact listed in the application is: David Bunge, Nickelson Solar LLC, 3250 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 355, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 636-474-9067,

That e-mail address is for Cypress Creek Renewables, which says about Bunge on its website: “David is responsible for managing the development team at Cypress. David has been active in solar project development since 2007. Prior to joining Cypress Creek Renewables, David founded Solexus Development where he was responsible for development and execution of Missouri’s largest solar facility in Springfield, Missouri.”

The website also says: “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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