Cypress Creek Renewables pursues approvals for 5-MW solar projects

The Tamarama Solar LLC affiliate of Cypress Creek Renewables on May 17 applied with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project.

The generating facility will be located along Old Climax Road, approximately 0.3 miles north of the intersection of Willow Chapel Court and Wayne White Road, 0.53 miles east of the intersection of Rayle Farm Court and Rayle Farm Road, and 0.26 miles south of the intersection of Millcroft Road and Racine Road. The facility will be located in Pleasant Garden, Randolph County, North Carolina.

The facility will be comprised of approximately twenty two thousand two hundred thirty (22,230) 315Wp panels (or equivalent) attached to ground-mounted racks. The generating facility will utilize approximately three 1,850 kV A inverters (or equivalent).

It is projected to come on line around Aug. 1, 2017. The facility owner plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas pursuant to a power purchase agreement. The projected annual sales of the facility are expected to be approximately 10,500,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). The expected cost of the proposed facility is approximately $9.45 million.

Cypress Creek’s Zuma Solar LLC on May 17 also applied with the commission for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) project, this one to be located along Shady Grove Road, approximately 0.45 miles east of the intersection of Little Mill Creek Road and Shadow Ridge Road, 1.1 miles west of the intersection of Shady Pond Road and Lakeside Lane, and 0.97 miles east of the intersection of Stone Creek Court and Cascade Lane. The facility will be located in Providence, Caswell County, North Carolina.

The Zuma Solar facility is projected to come on line on Sept. 1, 2017. The facility owner plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas under a power purchase agreement. Various other aspects of this application, including a $9.45 million project pricetag, are similar to the Tamarama Solar application.

A project contact in both cases is: Evan Riley, 3250 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 355, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 581-6299,

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.