North Carolina commission okays 4.99-MW solar projects of Beam Renewable

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Jan. 20 approved an October 2015 application from BRE NC SOLAR 2 LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located off Limertown Road, approximately 1.25 miles southeast of the intersection of US Route 401 and Limertown Road, at Warrenton in Warren County, North Carolina.

Beam Renewable Energy LLC submitted this application on behalf of affiliate BRE NC SOLAR 2. Beam Renewable Energy is a Veteran-owned Small Business focused on utility-scale solar energy project development in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Beam Renewable Energy said it is a proven player in the utility-scale solar market in North Carolina. In 2014 it successfully developed and sold a 6.4-MW project which was recently completed in Granvllle County.

The BRE NC SOLAR 2 Project will be a 4.99 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic system located on privately-owned land leased for the purpose of developing the project. BRE NC SOLAR 2 has obtained a Qualifying Facility (QF) certification through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The facility will be eligible to sell energy production directly to Duke Energy Progress.

The projected cost of the facility will be approximately $11 million. The projected date for commercial operation is Oct. 1, 2016.

Also on Jan. 20, the North Carolina commission approved another October 2015 application from a Beam company, BRE NC SOLAR 4 LLC, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 4.99-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located off Baltimore Road, just north of its intersection with Twitty Road, near Warrenton in Warren County, North Carolina. The BRE NC SOLAR 4 Project will be located on privately-owned land leased for the purpose of developing the project. BRE NC SOLAR 4 has obtained a QF certification from FERC and will be eligible to sell energy production directly to Duke Energy Progress.

The projected cost of this second facility is also about $11 million. The projected commercial operation date is Oct. 1, 2016.

A project contact in both cases is: Bruce Beam, President, Beam Renewable Energy LLC, (703)-966-4465, bruce.beam@beamrenewableenergy.com.

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