North Carolina commission okays 4.5-MW Cottontail Solar project

Cottontail Solar LLC won an Oct. 18 approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission on its Aug. 15 application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing construction of a 4.5-MW (ac) solar facility to be located in Duplin County.

The facility will be located off of South US Highway 117 approximately 1.13 miles south from the intersection of S. US HWY 117 and Rosemary Road in Rose Hill, Duplin County.

The facility is projected to come on-line in December 2016. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Progress as a Qualified Facility under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The service life of the equipment is expected to be a minimum of twenty years. The projected annual sales of the $14 million facility are estimated to be 9,400,000 kWh or more in the first full year of production. 

A project contact is: Andrew Giraldo, Cottontail Solar LLC, 645 Wingrave Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270, 704.930.7700, That is contact information for project developer NARENCO.

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