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N.C. Utilities Commission Issues Order Involving Virginia Line Solar Projects in Warren County

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The North Carolina Utilities Commission issued the following order issuing a certificate and accepting registration of new renewable energy facility of Virginia Line Solar, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a 35-MW Solar Facility in Warren County, N.C.:

ORDER ISSUING CERTIFICATE AND ACCEPTING REGISTRATION OF NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY

BY THE COMMISSION: On November 18, 2016, Virginia Line Solar, LLC (Applicant), filed an application seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity pursuant to G.S. 62-110.1(a) for construction of a 35-MWAC solar photovoltaic electric generating facility to be located near the intersection of Drewry-Virginia Line Road and Nutbush Road, Manson, Warren County, North Carolina. The Applicant plans to sell the electricity generated by this facility to Duke Energy Progress (DEP).

On November 21, 2016, the Applicant filed a registration statement for a new renewable energy facility. The registration statement included certified attestations that: (1) the facility is in substantial compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations, and rules for the protection of the environment and conservation of natural resources; (2) the facility will be operated as a new renewable energy facility; (3) the Applicant will not remarket or otherwise resell any renewable energy certificates sold to an electric power supplier to comply with G.S. 62-133.8; and (4) the Applicant will consent to the auditing of its books and records by the Public Staff insofar as those records relate to transactions with North Carolina electric power suppliers.

On December 1, 2017, the Commission issued an Order Requiring Publication of Notice.

On January 17, 2017, the State Clearinghouse filed comments. Because of the nature of the comments, the cover letters indicated that no further State Clearinghouse review action by the Commission was required for compliance with the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act.

On January 30, 2017, the Applicant filed a verified certificate of service stating that the application and the related public notice were provided to DEP on January 29, 2017.

On February 28, 2017, the Applicant filed a utility impact statement pursuant to Commission Rule R8-64(b)(6)(i)(c).

On March 7, 2017, the Applicant filed an affidavit of publication from the Warren Record (Warrenton, North Carolina) stating that the publication of notice was completed on February 22, 2017. No complaints have been received.

The Public Staff presented this matter to the Commission at its Regular Staff Conference on July 31, 2017. The Public Staff stated that it had reviewed the application and determined it to be in compliance with the requirements of G.S. 62-110.1(a) and Commission Rule R8-64. The Public Staff further stated that the registration statement contains the certified attestations required by Commission Rule R8-66(b). Therefore, the Public Staff recommended approval of the certificate and registration for the facility.

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. The Applicant shall annually file the information required by Commission Rule R8-66 on or before April 1 of each year and will be required to participate in the NC-RETS REC tracking system (http://www.ncrets.org) in order to facilitate the issuance of RECs.

IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED as follows:

1. That the application of Virginia Line Solar, LLC, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity shall be, and is hereby, approved;

2. That Appendix A shall constitute the certificate of public convenience and necessity issued to Virginia Line Solar, LLC, for the 35-MWAC solar photovoltaic electric generating facility located near the intersection of Drewry-Virginia Line Road and Nutbush Road, Manson, Warren County, North Carolina;

3. That the registration statement filed by Virginia Line Solar, LLC, for its solar photovoltaic facility located in Warren County, North Carolina, as a new renewable energy facility, shall be, and is hereby, accepted; and

4. That Virginia Line Solar, LLC, shall annually file the information required by Commission Rule R8-66 on or before April 1 of each year.

ISSUED BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

This the ___31st __ day of July, 2017.

NORTH CAROLINA UTILITIES COMMISSION

Paige J. Morris, Deputy Clerk

Chairman Edward S. Finley, Jr., and Commissioner Daniel G. Clodfelter did not participate in this decision.

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