Macadamia Solar, LLC
Request to Build
484-MW Solar-Powered Electric Generating Facility
(Docket No. EMP-119 Sub 0)
6.5 Miles of 230-kV Electric Transmission Line
(Docket No. EMP-119 Sub 1)
In Washington County
Public Witness Hearing
November 2, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
Remote Via Webex
Expert Witness Hearing
January 25, 2022, 10:00 a.m.
Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building
430 N. Salisbury, Raleigh
On August 30, 2021, Macadamia Solar, LLC (Madacamia) filed a request to build a merchant plant solar energy facility with a capacity of up to 484 megawatts (MW) to be located on about 4,813 fenced acres of privately owned land located generally on and around Highway 32 and Highway 99 outside of Plymouth in Washington County. Macadamia proposes to begin construction in the fourth quarter of 2023 and begin operating the facility in the fourth quarter of 2025. The expected life of the facility is 35 years. Maps showing the location of the proposed facility can be found here.
On September 13, 2021, Macadamia filed a request to build a 6.5-mile, 230-kV transmission line that would connect the solar energy facility to the existing Trowbridge Substation owned by Dominion Energy North Carolina. Macadamia stated that the corridor for the transmission line will be 100 feet wide, and it will be sited via easement agreements and/or purchase options that the Company is currently obtaining from landowners. Maps of the proposed route showing the likely locations of the transmission towers are available here, here and here. The transmission structures will be about 90 to 145 feet tall and spaced from 250 to 900 feet apart.
The Commission has consolidated Macadamia’s two requests, the solar energy facility and the power line, and will consider them jointly.
The Commission has scheduled a public witness hearing for November 2, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. This hearing will be conducted remotely via Webex, with the public making statements by telephone. The purpose of this hearing is to take the testimony of area citizens regarding Macadamia’s proposed facilities. This hearing could be cancelled if the Commission does not receive significant protests from the public. The public can file statements with the Commission via email or by mailing comments to the address below.
Members of the public who would like to testify on November 2 must register in advance of the hearing, no later than 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, by calling 919-604-9866 or sending an email to email@example.com. When registering, provide your name, the docket number (EMP 119, Sub 0), telephone number, and the topic of your testimony. (Here is information on how to testify before the Commission. And here is information about how to provide testimony remotely.) People who simply want to observe the hearing may do so via a YouTube link that will be available on the homepage of this website on the day of the hearing.
In addition, members of the public can file statements with the Commission via email or by mailing comments to the address below. In either case, be sure to put the docket number of this proceeding in the subject line. After two or three business days, written comments become part of the official record and can be viewed via this website under the docket number.
The Public Staff – North Carolina Utilities Commission is a separate agency that investigates utility matters and represents the using and consuming public in proceedings before the Commission including this one. You can send them a statement or a question by email.
The Commission has scheduled an expert witness hearing for January 25, 2022, starting at 10:00 a.m., in Commission hearing room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 N Salisbury, Raleigh. This hearing is for the purpose of hearing testimony from experts, including Macadamia and the Public Staff. There will not be an opportunity for citizen testimony at this hearing, but members of the public may watch the hearing via YouTube from a link that will be available on this website the day of the hearing.