North Carolina commission okays 50.2-MW Brantley Farm solar project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Feb. 24 approved a November 2015 application from Brantley Farm Solar LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a 50.2-MW (ac) photovoltaic solar project to be located in Nash County.

The site’s street address is 3707 Frazier Rd., Farrells Township, N.C. The application said 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%.”

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.

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,, phone (919) 450-8478.

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