North Carolina commission okays 5-MW solar project next to Air Force Base

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Sept. 6 approved an October 2015 application from Heights Solar Farm LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 4.996-MW (ac) solar facility to be located at 30321 Thoroughfare Road, Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.

In December 2015, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners filed a letter with the commission stating that it was concerned that the facility might jeopardize the operations of nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. On Aug. 18 of this year, the applicant filed a letter from the Deputy Base Engineer of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base dated stating that the facility is compatible with the Department of the Air Force’s protocols for a Compatible Use Zone around the base. The solar farm would be just to the north of an approach/departure path on the east end of an east-west runway at the base.

The application had said the facility’s projected on-line date was June 30, 2016. The projected annual sales in kilowatt-hours are 7,247,100. The estimated project cost is $12.35 million.

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

The commission on Sept. 6 also approved a December 2015 certificate application from Bakatsias Solar Farm LLC for a 4.996-MW (ac) solar facility to be located at 150 Kronbergs Court, Haw River, Alamance County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Carolinas. The projected date for the $12.35 million facility to come on-line was Sept. 1 2016. This company’s contact information is also with ESA Renewables.

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