NARENCO approved for 5-MW solar projects in North Carolina

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Oct. 31 approved an Aug. 16 application from Camel Solar LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located east of the intersection of E McRainey Road and McKinnon Lane, St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina.

The applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress or to Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp.

Said the Oct. 31 approval order: “After careful consideration, the Commission finds good cause to approve the application and issue the attached certificate for the proposed solar photovoltaic electric generating facility.”

The $14 million facility is projected to come on-line in December 2017 or earlier. The service life of the equipment is expected to be a minimum of twenty years. The projected annual sales of the facility are estimated to be 10,200,000 kWh or more in the first full year of production.

A project contact is: Jesse Montgomery, Camel Solar LLC, 227-B Southside Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217, phone 704.930.7700, sanja.cortan@narenco.com.

Another NARENCO affiliate, Stallion Solar LLC, was approved Oct. 31 by the North Carolina commission for a certificate on a 4.998-MW (ac) solar facility to be located east of 4515 HWY 117 S at Rose Hill in Duplin County, North Carolina. This 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 this $14 million facility are estimated to be 9,450,000 kWh or more in the first full year of production.

NARENCO’s Black Bear Solar LLC was approved Oct. 31 by the commission for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar facility to be located on the east side of Hard Oak Lane, north of the intersection with Old Grantham Road (also known as State Road 1219) in Goldsboro, Wayne County. The $14 million facility is projected to come on-line in December 2017 or earlier. Electricity generated will be sold to Tri-County Cooperative as a Qualified Facility or wheeled to Duke Energy Progress and sold directly to Duke Energy Progress.

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