North Carolina commission okays 5-MW Bear Poplar Solar project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Sept. 6 approved an April 18 application from Bear Poplar Solar LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity allowing construction of a 5-MW (ac) facility to be located on Graham Road, approximately 0.71 miles south of the intersection of Graham Road and Sherrills Ford Road, Mount Ulla, Rowan County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas. The facility will be comprised of roughly 21,600 310W solar PV modules along with racking equipment, grounding equipment, three 1667kW inverters (or equivalent), transformers, monitoring equipment, safety equipment, and fencing.

The projected on-line date from the application was Sept. 30, 2016. The projected annual sales are 9,685,927 kilowatt-hours. The expected cost of the facility is $13 million.

The project contact information is: Bear Poplar Solar LLC, PO Box 1395, Cornelius, NC 28031,, telephone (704) 288-1160.

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