Strata Solar seeks North Carolina approval on 39-MW project

Timberlake Solar Farm LLC, an affiliate of Strata Solar, applied July 14 with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing construction of a 39.6-MW (ac) solar facility to be located in Davidson County, N.C.

The project site is located on the north side of Interstate 85, west of the intersection with Linwood Road, and east of the railroad tracks, in Lexington in Davidson County. The facility will consist of approximately one hundred sixty-two thousand six hundred two (162,602) 310Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. it will utilize approximately twenty 2,200 kW inverters (or equivalent).

The facility is projected to come online in March 2016. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Carolinas under a purchase agreement, the application said. The service life of the equipment is expected to be a minimum of 20 years. The projected annual sales of the facility are 64,643,470 kWh.

The application included an information sheet on Strata Solar, which has been pursuing several solar projects lately in North Carolina. The information sheet noted that Markus Wilhelm, company Founder and Chief Executive Officer, has over 25 years of experience in the media industry, mostly with Bertelsmann AG and Time Warner. He is currently a board member of Guthy-Renker and the Energy Policy Council of North Carolina.

A project contact is: Jackson Naftel, Strata Solar LLC, 50101 Governors Drive, Suite 280, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, 919-960-6015,

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