North Carolina commission okays 10-MW Howardtown solar project of Birdseye

Howardtown Farm LLC won a Dec. 20 approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission on its Oct. 12 application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a a 10-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project to be located at 479 Shaw Mill Road, St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina.

The facility will consist of approximately 46,892 PV solar modules affixed to ground-mounted racks supported on driven piles. The system will utilize four inverters and will be tied to the grid operated by Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp.

The facility is projected to come on-line as of Nov. 30, 2017. The electricity generated will be sold to the North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. under a 10-year power purchase agreement. The projected cost of the facility is $20 million.

Said the Dec. 20 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 Commission further finds good cause, based upon the foregoing and the entire record in this proceeding, to accept registration of the facility as a new renewable energy facility.”

A project contact is: Howardtown Farm LLC, Attn: Brian C. Bednar, 1125 E. Morehead Street, Suite 202, Charlotte, NC 28204, (704) 644-7733, Bednar is President and Founder of Birdseye Renewable Energy.

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