North Carolina commission sets hearing on 80-MW Albemarle Beach Solar project

Due to protests filed, the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Sept. 12 ordered a public hearing on a September 2015 application from the Albemarle Beach Solar LLC affiliate of SunEnergy1 for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on an 80-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility.

It would be located on both sides of Mackeys Road and Albemarle Beach Road in Roper, Washington County, North Carolina. The applicant stated that it is in discussions to sell the electricity generated at its facility to Dominion North Carolina Power, to one or more retail customers in deregulated states that allow for such sales, or into the PJM Interconnection market.

Complaints were filed in this docket by: John B. Dunn, Ed.D.; Norma Brown; Al and Brenda Hartkopf; and Timothy J. Pharr. Based upon the complaints and the record, the commission’s Hearing Examiner found good cause to schedule a public hearing in this docket on Nov. 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse in Plymouth, North Carolina.

The schedule from here is:

  • the applicant needs to prefile its direct expert witness testimony and exhibits in support of its application on or before Oct. 20;
  • other persons desiring to become formal participants and parties of record in this proceeding need to file verified petitions to intervene by Oct. 27;
  • the commission’s Public Staff and other intervenors have to prefile their direct expert witness testimony and exhibits on or before Oct. 27; and
  • the applicant has to prefile its rebuttal testimony and exhibits, if any, on or before Oct. 31.

The September 2015 application said this facility was projected to come online in phases with the complete system online by Sept. 30, 2016.

Project contact information is: Albemarle Beach Solar LLC, Attn: Kenny Habul, 192 Raceway Drive Mooresville, NC 28117, Phone (704) 662-0375,

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