Birdseye affiliate seeks North Carolina okay for 75-MW Friesian solar project

Friesian Holdings LLC applied Sept. 9 at the North Carolina Utilities Commission for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for a 75 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility that will be located on Leisure Road near Academy Road, Laurinburg, Scotland County, N.C.

The $100 million facility will consist of approximately 290,000 PV solar modules affixed to ground-mounted racks supported on driven piles. The system will utilize thirty 2500 kW inverters and will be tied to the grid operated by Duke Energy Progress.

The projected on-line date is in December 2017. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress via a power purchase agreement.

Project contact information is: Authorized agent Brian C. Bednar, Friesian Holdings LLC, 1125 E. Morehead St., Suite 202, Charlotte, NC 28204, (704) 644-7733.

The application noted that Bednar is President and Founder of Birdseye Renewable Energy. His professional background is in agribusiness, real estate brokerage, development and property management. In 2009, he stepped back from the day-to-day operations of his real estate business and shifted his focus to solar development.

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