Continuing its strong solar progress, North Carolina installed 95 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in Q3, more than all the solar installed in the state in 2010 and 2011 combined and enough to rank the state 3rd nationwide for added capacity, according to the new quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The Solar Market Insight Report found Q3 2014 represented a 172 percent increase over the previous quarter for North Carolina.
Utility-scale renewable energy plants and traditional generation factilities are constructed through a very similar process. Project developers work with financiers, solar technology suppliers, engineering firms, legal counsel, and others to identify appropriate sites for renewable energy projects, secure access to transmission infrastructure, interconnect facilities, and comply with government information reporting requirements.
A utility-scale solar power plant can be one of several solar technologies – concentrating solar power (CSP), photovoltaics (PV), or concentrating photovoltaics (CPV).
Siting and permitting requires considering land use, access to transmission, and water rights. Securing access to a suitable site is only the first step in the process of building a new generation asset.
Transmission lines are what move the power from where the electricity is generated to where it is consumed, and access to high-voltage transmission lines is key for the development of utility-scale solar power projects.
Owners of solar generation plants larger than 1 MW-ac are required to fill out two forms to comply with EIA regulations. Learn more about the information required for these forms and how it is used.