Duke Energy and its subsidiaries are on what’s looking like a solar power binge. The utility brought on roughly 500 megawatts of solar power in North Carolina in 2016 and it plans to bring another 460 MWs of solar power online in the state in 2017. It’s also bringing large solar plants online in Florida and buying solar projects in California.
Of the projects it brought online in North Carolina in 2016, its utility division purchased and connected about 400 MWs of solar built by other developers. The company also invested in 100 megawatts of solar power in its commercial and regulated businesses."Renewable energy is important to our customers, and Duke Energy is responding by developing and owning solar plants—and also by connecting other solar projects to our system in North Carolina," said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology.
As of early 2017, the utility owns 500 MWs of solar power in the state and purchases almost 1,700 MWs of solar capacity from other facilities in the state, totaling 2,200 MWs of solar power. Its rooftop solar customers, homes and small businesses, have another 45 MWs of solar power.
In fact, the company and its utilities are providing most of the state’s more than 2,500 MWs of solar power to its customers. Those commitments have helped raise the state to third place in terms of total amount of installed solar power, outranked only by California and Arizona.
"Duke Energy is striving to expand renewable energy in North Carolina – creating a sustainable process that serves the needs of the environment, customers and stakeholders," Caldwell added.
Looking ahead at 2017, the company will add in roughly 460 more megawatts of solar power in North Carolina. That includes the power it will produce at the 60-MW Monroe Solar Facility in Union County.
Outside of the Carolinas Duke Energy is installing more solar power as well. Earlier this month it announced that it is installing 8.8 MWs in Florida. That’s just a minute amount of the more than 500 MWs of solar power it's building in that state. In California, it just purchased three solar farms, totaling 55 MWs.Tweet