North Carolina commission okays 5-MW Boston Farm project of Strata Solar

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Jan. 6 approved a November 2015 application from Boston Farm LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the east side of Boston Road (also known as U.S. Route 501), south of the intersection with Bowmantown Road, near Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this $14 million facility to Duke Energy Progress under a 15-year power purchase agreement.

The facility will consist of approximately seventy thousand (70,000) 100Wp PV modules (or equivalent) affixed to ground mounted racks supported on driven piles. It will utilize approximately six 800-kW inverters (or equivalent).

The facility is projected to come online in August 2016. The service life of the equipment is expected to be a minimum of 20 years. The projected annual sales of the facility are 9,000,000 kWh.

A project contact is: Jackson Naftel, Strata Solar LLC, 50101 Governors Drive, Suite 280, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, 919.960.6015,

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