North Carolina commission okays 25-MW Innovative Solar 79 project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Aug. 31 approved an April 24 application from Innovative Solar 79 LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 25-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 595 Tebo Road near New Bern in Craven County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress.

This is the latest in a long series of certificate approvals for Innovative Solar Systems LLC. Innovative Solar Systems is a North Carolina-based developer of commercial and utility scale solar energy projects, with a particular focus on utility scale ground mounted systems. Over the last three years, its management team has developed a number of renewable energy projects and currently has over 600 MW of projects in various approval stages with Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

Innovative Solar 79 system will be ground mounted and comprised of major system components considered “Tier 1” quality in the solar industry. The project is to come on-line around May 1, 2016.

The application noted: “The applying facility will be interconnecting to the transmission grid of Duke Energy and selling electricity via a Power Purchase Agreement to Duke Energy in accordance with the Qualified Facilities Tariff.”

A company contact is: John E. Green, Senior Electrical Engineer and co-founder, 828-215-9064,

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