North Carolina commission re-looks at approval for Innovative Solar 46 project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Oct. 8 ordered a re-look at some aspects of its September 2014 approval for Innovative Solar 46 LLC of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for an 80-MW (ac) solar facility to be constructed on about 450 acres located at 1000 Roslin Farm Road, Hope Mills, Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Innovative Solar 46 was one of several project companies founded by Innovative Solar Systems LLC to develop solar projects in North Carolina, with this being one of the largest of those projects.

On Sept. 9, the project company filed a letter with the commission stating that its new owner is Entropy Investment Management LLC. On Oct.  2, the company filed a letter with the commission stating that it has determined that the original developer of the facility amended the original lease in May 2015 to add additional acreage to the facility site, bringing the total leased area within which the facility will be constructed to about 532 acres. However, the expanded leased area continues to include only the three original parcels of land that were included in the original site plan, and the physical address of the facility remains the same.

Based on this project amendment, the commission on Oct. 8 found good cause to require further review by the atate agencies having an interest in the application. The Chief Clerk of the commission will deliver copies of the amended application and this order to the Clearinghouse Coordinator of the Office of Policy and Planning of the Department of Administration for distribution to state agencies having an interest in the application. The commission also said in the Oct. 8 order that Innovative Solar 46 can’t begin construction on any portion of the additional land being proposed for the facility unless and until the commission issues an order authorizing construction on that additional land.

Said the Oct. 2 letter, written on the Entropy letterhead: “Innovative Solar 46 files this letter to provide the North Carolina Utilities Commission (‘Commission’) with updated information and to request the Commission issue an amended certificate of public convenience and necessity (‘Certificate’) for Innovative Solar 46’s 80 MW (ac) solar facility (the ‘Facility’). On September 18, 2014, the Commission issued an Order in the above-captioned docket issuing a Certificate and approving construction of the Facility on an approximately 450 acre site at 1000 Roslin Farm Road, Hope Mills, Cumberland County, North Carolina. Pursuant to this authority, the Facility is now under construction with an anticipated December, 2015 commercial operation date.”

The Oct. 2 letter added: “Innovative Solar 46 (and the rights to construct the Facility) were acquired by an Entropy affiliate in August, 2015, and updated contact information for Innovative Solar 46 was provided to the Commission via letter filed September 9, 2015. Innovative Solar 46 has determined that the original developer amended its original lease in May, 2015, to add additional acreage in the northwest corner of the parcels identified on Exhibit A of Innovative Solar 46’s April 28, 2014, Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (‘Application’). This additional acreage brings the total leased area within which the Facility will be constructed to approximately 532 acres.”

Developer contact information is: ENTROPY INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LLC, 14120 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 400, Charlotte, NC 28277.

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