Cypress Creek approved for 50-MW Bullock Solar project in North Carolina

The $107 million facility is projected to come online in or before December 2016

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The North Carolina Utilities Commission on July 7 approved a March 16 application from Bullock Solar LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 50-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located on the south side of Wilson Brother Road, on the west side of Jacksontown Road, and across from Culpepper Road near Manson in Vance County, North Carolina.

Bullock Solar is a project company that was formed by project backer Cypress Creek Renewables. The $107 million facility is projected to come online in or before December 2016. Electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy Progress under a power purchase agreement, the application said. There are currently no provisions for wheeling of the electricity generated. The projected annual sales of the facility are 105,255,815 kWh.

A project contact is: David Bunge, Bullock Solar LLC, 3250 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 355, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 636-474-9067.

A fact sheet about Cypress Creek Renewables attached to the March 16 filing said that David Bunge is the company's Vice President of Development. "David is responsible for managing the development team at Cypress. David has been active in solar project development since 2007. Prior to joining Cypress Creek Renewables, David founded Solexus Development where he was responsible for development and execution of Missouri's largest solar facility in Springfield, Missouri."

This is not the only recent application for a Cypress Creek company at the North Carolina commission for a solar project. For example,  the commission on June 30 approved a Feb. 23 application from Bladen Solar LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a 50-MW (ac) solar facility to be located on the west side of Braxton Edge Road, east and west of the intersection with Old Fayetteville Road, and east of Walter West Road near Fayetteville in Bladen County, North Carolina. The $107 million facility is projected to come online in or before December 2016. Electricity generated by the facility will be sold to Duke Energy Progress.

Barry Cassell
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Barry Cassell

Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 26 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

Barry can be reached at barryc@pennwell.com.

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