North Carolina commission grants approvals for three ESA solar projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Aug. 10 approved a March 8 application from Hood Solar Farm LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar facility to be located at 747 Hood Swamp Road, near Goldsboro in Wayne County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. The application said the projected date for the facility to come on-line Is Dec. 1 of this year. The estimated project cost is $12.35 million.

Project contact information is: Hood Solar Farm LLC, 4150 St Johns Parkway, Suite 1000, Sanford, FL 32771, mstevens@esarenewables.com, telephone (407) 268-6455.

In other Aug. 10 commission approvals for related companies with the same contact information:

  • Wendell Solar Farm LLC was approved for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar facility to be located at 2709 B Wendell Road, Wendell, Johnston County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress. The projected date for the $12.35 million facility to come on-line is March 31, 2017.
  • Southwick Solar Farm LLC got a certificate for a 4-MW (ac) solar facility to be located at 3110 Boywood Road, near Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas. The $12.35 million facility is projected to come on-line as of June 30, 2017.

The contact information is 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. ESA Renewables’ complete scope of services has resulted in over 500 installations worldwide involving 45 different utility companies. From viability studies and project development to engineering, construction, monitoring, commissioning and obtaining the necessary administrative permits, ESA does it all.”

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