Approval sought for 52-MW Brantley Farm Solar project in North Carolina

Brantley Farm Solar LLC filed a Nov. 12 application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a 50.2-MW (ac) photovoltaic solar generator to be located in Nash County.

The site’s street address is 3707 Frazier Rd., Farrells Township, N.C. The $110 million project is due for commercial operation by Dec. 31, 2017, and would sell all of its electricity output to Duke Energy Progress (DEP) under a 15 year fixed price Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (RPPA). Duke Energy Progress is a unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

Said the application: “The proposed 50.2 MW Brantley Farms Solar generation addition has been analyzed to determine the impact to DEP. It is prudent to analyze solar resources over a range of values for firm coincident capacity at the time of system peak. Assuming a 44% solar contribution to peak, the Brantley Farms Solar facility will add approximately 0.8% of DEP’s nominal reserves. DEP recognizes that the 44% coincident contribution to system peak for solar resources can vary. Therefore, should the peak contribution vary, for each 10% change to the coincident contribution of the solar resources, reserves vary approximately 0.2%.

“In addition, this capacity impacts DEP’s reserve margin by approximately 0.2%. Every 10% change in the coincident contribution to system peak equates to 0.04% of reserve margin. For 2018, DEP’s forecasted sales are 66,603 GWh. The collective generation impact of this solar facility would represent 0.14 % of the forecasted sales. While alone, this facility does not have a significant impact on future DEP capacity needs, when combined with other QF facilities being submitted for CPCN, the impact to DEP’s future capacity needs are substantial. DEP will continue to study the impacts of the aggregation of the QF facilities to the DEP system.”

The project company is affiliated with Carolina Solar Energy LLC, which is headed by CEO Richard Harkrader. The application noted that Harkrader is an architect emeritus, building contractor, solar installer and real estate developer. Harkrader advocates for renewable energy and energy efficiency serving three times as Chair of the NC Sustainable Energy Association, where he is currently on the board.

Another company official is Gerry Dudzik, COO. His primary responsibility is to manage the day-to-day operations of Carolina Solar Energy. In addition, he has responsibilities for new business development, project proposal development, marketing and communications and technology vendor relations.

Company contact information is: Brantley Farm Solar LLC, 400 W Main St., Ste 503, Durham NC 27701, gtdudzik@carolinasolarenergy.com, phone (919) 450-8478.

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