North Carolina commission okays downsized Fresh Air Energy solar project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Oct. 18 approved a December 2014 application from Fresh Air Energy XI LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity allowing construction of a solar generating facility to be located at approximately 5228 Skeeter Pond Road in Grifton, Lenoir County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity from this project, called Grifton PV1, to Duke Energy Progress. The project size was originally 12-MW (ac), but on March 24 of this year the applicant filed an amendment to its application reducing the generating capacity to the current 5-MW (ac).

The facility at the time of application was projected to come on-line in June 2016. The March 24 amendment didn’t offer any update on the project schedule.

A company contact is: Nathan Rogers, Project Development Manager, Ecoplexus Inc., 650 Townsend Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94103, telephone (415) 626-1802,

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.