The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), in a Nov. 7 order, issued to Duke Energy’s (NYSE:DUK) Duke Energy Progress a certificate of environmental compatibility and public convenience and necessity to build about 450 feet of new 230-kV transmission line in Bladen County, N.C.
As noted in the order, Duke Energy Progress sought the certificate to build the new 230-kV transmission tap line, along with a 230-kV breaker station (Tap Line) in Bladen County to serve a new 35-MW solar photovoltaic electric generating facility to be built by Innovative Solar 31 LLC.
Innovative Solar was issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build the generating facility by an order issued in August 2014, and amended last May.
The proposed tap line, the order added, will connect the new solar facility to Duke Energy Progress’ existing Cumberland to Whiteville 230-kV transmission line. Innovative Solar will build a new 230-kV/25-kV substation that will be placed adjacent to the Duke Energy Progress breaker station.
The company filed a notice with the commission of its intent to seek waiver of the notice and hearing requirements for its Tap Line construction project, the order added.
The company will build the Tap Line on property for which it has purchased the right of way from the property owner, and the property owner does not object to a waiver of those requirements, according to the order. The NCUC also noted that it is authorized to waive those requirements when it finds that the owners of the land to be crossed by the proposed transmission line do not object to the waiver and either the line is less than one mile long or to connect an existing transmission line to a substation, to another public utility, or to a public utility customer when any of those is in proximity to the existing transmission line.
The order also said that public staff recommended that the commission grant the motion for waiver and issue the requested certificate.