North Carolina commission okays 65-MW solar project of Cypress Creek Renewables

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on May 12 approved a Feb. 18 application from Red Mountain Solar LLC 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 plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress.

The facility will consist of approximately three hundred three thousand three hundred and twenty (303,320) 300Wdc PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. It will utilize approximately seventy-eight (78) 833 kWac inverters (or equivalent).

The facility is projected to come online by 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, Red Mountain Solar LLC, 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.”

Cypress Creek lately has sought approvals for several solar projects. For example, its affiliates Whiteville Solar 1 LLC and New Bern Solar LLC on April 28 filed applications at the North Carolina commission for certificates of public convenience and necessity for new photovoltaic (PV) projects.

  • Whiteville Solar 1 is seeking a certificate on a 10-MW (ac) facility. It will be located in Whiteville in Columbus County, N.C. 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 in New Bern in Craven County, N.C. 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.
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