North Carolina commission okays small biogas-fired power project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on June 2 approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity and also a renewable energy facility registration for Orbit Energy Charlotte LLC on a 5.2-MW (ac) organic waste-fueled facility to be located at 600 Johnson Road at Charlotte in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas LLC. This will be an organic waste to energy-biogas generating facility. On an annual basis, it will convert 118,000 tons of organic waste to thermal energy and electric energy and organic fertilizer. The facility will be equipped with three biogas-powered engines. The company’s December 2014 application said the project is projected to begin operation on Aug. 31, 2015.

The service life of the racility is expected to be 30 years. The projected annual sales from the facility is 43,450,000 kWh. Applicant intends to produce renewable energy credits (RECs) that are eligible for compliance with North Carolina’s renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard.

Developer contact information is: Orbit Energy Charlotte LLC, 301 McCullough Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262, 704-909-2806, Efim Monosov, efim@bluespherecorporate.com.

That is contact information for Blue Sphere Corp., which says about itself on its website: “Blue Sphere (OTCBB: BLSP) is an international project integrator and producer of clean energy that provides overall supervision and control over waste-to-energy projects.”

Blue Sphere had announced that on March 23 it broke ground on both this 5.2-MW waste-to-energy project and its new U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. In attendance for this ground breaking was the Mayor of Charlotte and corporate representatives from Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), which has contracted to purchase electricity from this project.

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