Today (May 16) Duke Energy announced that it’s received approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to construct two new solar farms totaling 75.4 megawatts in two different counties. It continues the utility’s efforts to make North Carolina the biggest state for solar power in southeast U.S.
"These projects are part of our planned expansion of solar in North Carolina," said Rob Caldwell, senior vice president, Distributed Energy Resources. "With the state third in the nation for installed solar power, we are committed to growing renewable energy in a sustainable way that benefits all customers."
Last year Duke Energy installed 300 megawatts of new solar power in North Carolina. Most recently it completed construction on 140 megawatts of solar power at four major solar farms. With this new approval announcement Duke Energy makes good on its plans to install more than 75 megawatts this year. The two new facilities are the 60 megawatt Monroe Solar Facility in Union County and the 15.4 megawatt Mocksville Solar Facility in Davie County. A project in Rowan County is still awaiting NCUC approval, the company said.
Duke Energy will own and operate both both of the new solar farms. The farms will help it meet North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.
The company also remains a national leader in terms of clean energy. A recent Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) named Duke Energy, with 461 megawatts of solar power installed in 2015, third on its top 10 list for new solar installations in 2015.
The company isn’t just installing renewable energy in its service are. It also has invested more than $4 billion in wind and solar facilities across 13 states. It also plans to invest roughly $3 billion more in renewable energy over the next five years.Tweet