Cypress Creek Renewables okayed for another 65-MW solar project in North Carolina

On May 19, the North Carolina Utilities Commission approved a Feb. 23 application from the Shoe Creek Solar LLC affiliate of Cypress Creek Renewables for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 65-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility.

This project is to be located on the north and south sides of McIntosh Road, to the east of the intersection with Stubbs Road, and west of the intersection with McLaughlin Road, in Laurinburg in Scotland County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress.

The $138 million facility will consist of approximately three hundred thousand nine hundred and three (300,903) 300 Wdc PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground-mounted racks supported on driven piles. It will utilize approximately seventy seven (77) 833 kW (ac) inverters (or equivalent). The facility is projected to come online in or before December 2016. The service life of the equipment is expected to be a minimum of twenty-five years. The projected annual sales of the facility are 135,078,296 kWh.

A project contact is: David Bunge, Shoe Creek Solar LLC, 3250 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 355, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 636.474.9067,

Cypress Creek Renewables lately has been pursuing a number of such project approvals. For example, the North Carolina commission on May 12 approved a Feb. 18 application from the company’s Red Mountain Solar LLC affiliate for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 65-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility. The project site is located north of Andrew Jackson Highway and west of Chauncey Town Road, near Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County, North Carolina. The applicant also plans to sell this electricity to Duke Energy Progress.

But, Red Mountain Solar filed a May 20 request with the commission simply saying: “This letter is a request to withdraw the application of Red Mountain Solar, LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity and registration as a new renewable energy facility. We request that an order be entered closing the above-referenced docket.”

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