North Carolina commission okays certificate for Oakwood Solar project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Feb. 2 approved a November 2015 application from Oakwood Solar Farm LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity covering construction of a 4.996-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located off US Highway 70, about 0.32 miles west of the intersection of US Highway 70 and Buckhorn Road, Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Carolinas. The projected date on which the facility will come on line is July 1, 2016. The projected annual sales in kilowatt-hours are 7,247,100. The expected cost of the facility is $12.35 million.

Project contact information listed in the application is: 4150 St Johns Parkway, Ste 1000, Sanford, FL 32771,, telephone (407) 268-6455.

That is contact information for ESA Renewables LLC, which says about itself on its website: “ESA Renewables, LLC (ESA) is an alternative energy provider, focused on delivering turnkey commercial and industrial photovoltaic projects to customers worldwide.”

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