North Carolina approval sought for Polk Solar project in Franklin County

Polk Solar LLC on Dec. 30 applied to the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing construction of a 3.667-MW (ac) solar facility to be located in Franklin County, N.C.

The $16 million facility is to be located on the east side of NC Highway 39, east of the intersection with Dupree Drive, and south of the intersection with Stone Southerland Road, in Louisburg, Franklin County.

The facility will consist of approximately fourteen thousand four hundred forty (14,440) 340Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. It will utilize approximately two 1,833kW inverters (or equivalent).

The facility is projected to come online in December 2016. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The projected annual sales of the facility are 8,837,280 kWh.

A listed project contact is: Jesee Montgomery, Polk Solar LLC, 227 Southside Drive, Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28217,, 704-930-7700.

That is contact information for North Carolina-based National Renewable Energy Corp. (NARENCO), which says about itself on its website: “NARENCO’s fiscal discipline and revenue growth places them among the top solar companies in the Southeast, with nearly 50 MW in operation. Since its founding in 2009, NARENCO’s continued success demonstrates its ability to stay strategically aligned in a maturing solar market.”

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