North Carolina commission okays Strata Solar’s 5-MW projects

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Oct. 31 approved an Aug. 2 application from Badger Farm LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity covering construction of a 5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the east side of Belgrade-Swansboro Road (also known as State Road 1434), south of the intersection with Hadley Collins Road (also known as State Road 1438), and north of the intersection with Collingwood Lane, White Oak, Onslow County, North Carolina.

Said the Oct. 31 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 September 2017. Electricity generated would be sold to Duke Energy Progress 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 facility are 9,000,000 kWh.

A project contact is: Jackson Naftel, Strata Solar LLC, 50101 Governors Drive, Suite 280, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, phone 919.960.6015, jnaftel@stratasolar.com.

Also on Oct. 31, the commission approved a July 19 application from Strata Solar’s T-Kemp Farm LLC for a certificate on a 5-MW (ac) solar facility to be located west of T Kemp Road, north of the intersection with NC Highway 56, Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina. The applicant plans to sell the electricity to Duke Energy Progress.

On Aug. 10, the Town of Louisburg filed a letter stating the facility’s proposed site location is within the Extraterritorial Zoning Jurisdiction of the town, and that the facility would not be permitted by the town, since the Louisburg Zoning Ordinance does not allow for the proposed use in the district and on the site. The commission’s Public Staff noted that the applicant will be required to comply with all local zoning and permitting requirements and that the commission has previously indicated that it will address such concerns on a case-by-case basis. The Public Staff recommended that, in this case, the siting decision be left to the exercise of the town’s zoning authority. As such, the Public Staff recommended that the commission approve the application, subject to the condition that the applicant comply with all local zoning and permitting requirements and receive all necessary local approvals.

The T-Kemp facility is projected to come on-line in September 2017. 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 9,000,000 kWh.

Another Oct. 31 approval was for the Lexington 64 Farm LLC affiliate of Strata Solar on its May 12 application to the North Carolina commission for a certificate for a 5-MW (ac) solar facility. The facility is to be located west of Kepley Road, southwest of the intersection with U.S. Route 64 East, and north of the intersection with Jo-Jo Lane, in Lexington, Davidson County. The facility is projected to come on-line in June 2017. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Carolinas under a 15-year power purchase agreement, the application said. The projected annual sales of the $14 million facility are 9,000,000 kWh.

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