Duke’s Colonial Eagle Solar projects in N.C. about ready to produce power

The Colonial Eagle Solar LLC unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), which is developing solar projects in North Carolina, on Nov. 19 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accept for filing its market-based rate tariff, to be effective on Nov. 20.

Colonial Eagle owns three separate solar facilities: the Kelford facility, the Pasquotank facility, and the Whitakers facility. Each is located in the Dominion North Carolina Power balancing authority area (BAA), but each is more than one mile apart from the others. Both Pasquotank and Whitakers produce less than 20 MW of energy, and therefore are not required to file market rate applications. Kelford, however, will soon begin producing in excess of 20 MW, which necessitates this filing. Each of the facilities have self-certified for qualifying facility (QF) status.

Each of the three facilities is a single axis tracking, solar photovoltaic (PV) facility.

  • The Pasquotank Facility, which began commercial operations in December 2014 and has a maximum capacity of 19.9 MW, is located in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.
  • The Whitakers Facility, which is expected to begin commercial operations in December of this year and has a maximum capacity of 12 MW, is located in Nash County, North Carolina.
  • The Kelford Facility, which necessitates this filing as it will soon be expanded to have a capacity of 23.1 MW, is expected to begin commercial operations in December of this year but will likely begin producing test power on Nov. 20. The Kelford Facility is located within Bertie County, North Carolina.

Each of the three facilities is located within the AP South submarket of PJM Interconnection. Colonial Eagle has entered into three separate power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the entirety of the energy and capacity from each of the three Colonial Eagle facilities. The PPAs reflect that the Whitakers Facility and Kelford Facility will reach commercial operations (and the PPAs will begin to take effect with respect to these facilities) on Dec. 31, 2015. Since operation of these two facilities may begin shortly before this date, it is possible that Colonial Eagle will sell their output into the PJM marketplace for this short amount of time.

Colonial Eagle is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Duke Energy Renewables NC Solar LLC, which is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Duke Energy.

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