Duke seeks approvals for 75 MW of nearly-operational solar projects in N.C.

Duke Energy Carolinas LLC on Dec. 22 applied with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to register a renewable energy facility, which is Duke’s 60-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility that will be located near the comer of S. Rocky Road and Doster Road in Monroe, Union County, North Carolina.

The application said this Monroe Solar Facility is projected to be in-service around Feb. 15, 2017.

On May 16, 2016, the commission granted Duke Energy Carolinas a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) for construction of a 59.4-MW (ac) solar facility at this location. On Dec. 7, the commission granted a motion to amend the CPCN to increase the maximum capacity of the facility to 60 MW (ac).

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) on May 16 had announced North Carolina commission approval to build 75 MW of new solar energy at two projects in Davie and Union counties. One is the Monroe facility, with Strata Solar to design and build the project. The other is the 15.4-MW (ac) Mocksville Solar Facility in Davie County, with Crowder Construction being the project engineering, procurement and construction lead.

Both projects will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas and will help meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.

Duke Energy Carolinas on Dec. 22 also filed with the North Carolina commission a renewable energy registration for the Mocksville project, which is located west of the terminus of Crawford Road in the town of Mocksville in Davie County, North Carolina. This facility is to be placed into service by Dec. 31, 2016.

In February 2015, the commission issued a CPCN to Toprak LLC for construction of a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility. In December 2015, Toprak and Duke Energy Carolinas applied for the transfer of the CPCN from Toprak to Duke Energy Carolinas. As part of their application, Duke Energy Carolinas and Toprak also requested that the CPCN be amended from a 20-MW (ac) facility to a 15.4-MW (ac) facility due to constructability constraints on the site layout. That was approved in May of this year. This is now the Mocksville project.

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