Walnut Cove Solar affiliate of FLS Energy seeks approval of 50-MW project

The Walnut Cove Solar LLC affiliate of FLS Energy applied Nov. 17 to the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a 50-MW (ac) photovoltaic project to be located near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Road and NC-65 at Walnut Cove, Stokes County, North Carolina.

The facility will consist of solar modules on a fixed racking system with inverters spread throughout the site. The point of common coupling with the grid will include the appropriate switchgear, which will be determined during the Interconnection Facilities Study with Duke Energy Carolinas.

The Walnut Cove Solar project is estimated to have a commercial operation date of March 1, 2019.

The project will interconnect to Duke Energy Carolinas and the developer intends to sell the output to Duke Energy Carolinas through a power purchase agreement (PPA). The service life of the facility will be at least 25 years. Actual productive life for the facility will be upwards of 40 years. Forecasted annual sales for the facility are 62,228,428 kilowatt-hours in year 1, with an expected 0.5% degradation in sales each year thereafter.

FLS Energy is a solar energy developer, installer, and owner-operator headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. With 240 MW of constructed photovoltaic energy assets in its portfolio, FLS is one of the state’s largest solar developers. A full-service company with over 75 employees, FLS has in-house construction, engineering, and maintenance capabilities, as well as dedicated finance, accounting and legal teams.

Project contact information is: FLS Energy, 130 Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801, phone (828)-350-3993, interconnect@flsenergy.com.

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