Duke Energy Progress LLC applied Oct. 14 at the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a new, approximately 306-foot 230-kV transmission tap line in Richmond County to serve a new FLS Energy 50-MW solar farm and customer-owned 34.S kV/230-kV substation.
This Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) subsidiary will build this line to connect the solar farm to its Rockingham-West End 230-kV West Transmission Line. Also, FLS Energy plans to build a new 34.5 kV/230 kV substation adjacent to the line in the vicinity of structures #145 and #146, and Duke will build a 230-kV Breaker Station immediately adjacent to the FLS Energy substation.
FLS Energy has obtained a lease on the property on which the solar farm will be installed and on which Duke will construct the tap line and breaker station. Duke has acquired all necessary right-of-way easements for the tap line and breaker station. The total estimated project costs for the line is $200,000.