North Carolina commission okays 80-MW Hobbsville Solar project

On Aug. 31, the North Carolina Utilities Commission approved a May 28 application from Hobbsville Solar LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on an 80-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located north of Bosley Road (State Road 1428) and just west of Acorn Hill Road near Sunbury in Gates County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power (DNCP) or to other wholesale or retail customers where allowed.

The facility is to be a single-axis tracking, ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system consisting of approximately 367,213 solar PV modules and will utilize fifty-four 1.56-MW inverters set to 1.482 MW each. It is projected in the May 28 application to come online in phases with the complete system online by March 31, 2016.

Hobbsville Solar said it has submitted an Interconnection Request to PJM Interconnection pursuant to PJM’s Open Access Transmission Tariff and has executed a Generation Interconnection Feasibility Study Agreement with PJM.

The service life of the equipment is expected to be a minimum of 20 years. The projected annual sales of the facility are 193,957,198 kWh.

A project contact is: Hobbsville Solar LLC, Attn: Kenny Habul, 192 Raceway Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117, Phone: (704) 662-0375,

PJM on July 27 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an Interim Interconnection Service Agreement for the Hobbsville Solar project. This Interim ISA facilitates the interconnection of the Hobbsville Solar Park. Specifications of the Hobbsville Interim ISA lists the engineering and design activities to be conducted by Virginia Power in connection with the project, which is under PJM Queue Position #AA1-134. Under the Interim ISA, by Aug. 30, 2016, Hobbsville Solar needs to complete its needed facilities to support project energization.

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