Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar plans a 100-megawatt solar farm in Duplin County and says it will sell the power to Progress Energy Carolinas.Strata CEO Marcus Wilhelm says construction on the $250 million project is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter and will be completed in about five months. He says Strata expects to have a crew of about 400 working the project.
Progress Energy will not comment on the project. The company’s policy is not to discuss projects until a power purchase agreement has been signed. Wilhelm says the agreement is still being negotiated. But he says Strata has been in talks with Progress for 15 months and Strata is confident that the deal will proceed.
Wilhelm made the announcement as Strata prepares to commission the first of 13 solar projects it will complete this year in partnership with Canadian Solar Inc., a panel manufacturer and solar developer based in Ontario Canada.The projects will be built across North Carolina. Each project will be about 6.4 megawatts, for a total of more than 80 megawatts of direct current. Converting the power to alternating current for sale to utilities will reduce the output to about 65 megawatts. The first project, in Fuquay-Varina, is complete. It will be commissioned and start producing power withing two weeks, Wilhelm says.