Innovative Solar Systems nears final approvals for what it says is the largest solar farm project in North Carolina to date. The 80 MW project is located on 450 acres of pristine farmland and should be online by June 2015.
Big solar keeps getting bigger in North Carolina.
Strata Solar has been bringing projects in the 6 MW range to the state, but those will be dwarfed by a new one coming in at 80 MW. That’s almost a quarter of the 335.4 MW of solar installed in the #3 solar state in 2013.
That project is courtesy of Innovative Solar Systems, LLC, which is nearing final approvals for what it says is the largest solar farm project in North Carolina to date. Known as Innovative Solar 46, the project is located on 450 acres of pristine farmland in Hope Mills. It’s expected to be online by June 2015.
This project uses state-of-the-art 1000V DC string inverters to minimize install costs while maximizing system efficiency and energy harvest. Panel racking options for the project are still under review, but it is highly likely that single-axis tracking panel racking will be used to maximize sunlight capture. The project will also employ high-level monitoring systems to ensure maximum uptime. The may qualify for a $5,000,000 grant as a North Carolina Eco Industrial Park.
Innovative Solar Systems has become the largest designer and developer of large-scale solar farm projects in North Carolina, with a 2014 portfolio of projects totaling almost 1 GW. CEO and managing partner John Green calls the new project the gold standard of solar farm projects.
Innovative Solar Systems plans to expand into other key solar states. The company says its strategic plan is to continue expanding in the field of ground-mount solar farm development while capturing a large portion of the market in North America. ISS is also exploring energy storage and management for large-scale on- and off-grid projects.