Duke Energy Progress, LLC
Request for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
Microgrid Solar and Battery Storage Facility in Hot Springs

(Docket No. E-2 Sub 1185)

Public Hearing: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Madison County Courthouse, 2 N. Main Street, Marshall

Expert Witness Hearing: 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019
Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building
430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh

On October 8, 2018, Duke Energy Progress, LLC (DEP), filed an application to build the Hot Springs Microgrid Solar and Battery Storage Facility. DEP filed additional information and testimony on November 13, 2018, and on November 30, 2018, the Commission issued an order scheduling two hearings in this matter. The hearing on January 23, 2019, is for the purpose of receiving public witness testimony regarding DEP’s proposed project. However, this hearing may be canceled if no significant protests to the facility are filed with the Commission. The hearing on February 25, 2019, is to receive testimony from DEP’s experts, as well as those of the Public Staff-NCUC and other parties. The Public Staff – NCUC is a separate agency that represents the using and consuming public in matters before the Commission.

DEP’s application states that the facility would be built on a site owned by Madison Manufacturing Company, d/b/a Peerless Blowers, located at 172 Andrews Ave., Hot Springs. DEP’s application describes its proposed facility as consisting of solar photovoltaic panels affixed to ground mount 20-degree fixed-tilt racking, solar inverters, a microgrid controller and a battery energy storage system. The nominal capacity of the generator will be about 3 megawatts direct current, or 2 megawatts alternating current. The facility’s useful life would be 25 years, with the battery cells requiring replacement after 10 years. DEP stated that the microgrid would be interconnected to the DEP-owned 22.86-kilovolt distribution feeder that serves the Town of Hot Springs.

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