First Solar to supply 105 MW of PV modules for North Carolina projects


Utility Duke Energy has revealed more details of the three projects which it plans to build in the U.S. state of North Carolina under its recent solicitation. The 65 MW Warsaw Solar Facility, the largest of the three, will be built by North Carolina’s own Strata Solar, and will feature First Solar thin film PV modules.

First Solar will both supply modules and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a second project, the 40 MW Elm City Solar Facility. This project will feature First Solar’s new Series 4 thin film PV modules.

HelioSage was the initial developer of this project, and partnered with First Solar before the acquisition of the project by Duke. Both the Warsaw and the Elm City projects will use SMA inverters.

Phoenix Solar will develop the final 23 MW project in Bladen County, which will use Yingli PV modules. Duke expects to begin construction on all three in early 2015, however the projects must first obtain approval from state regulators.

In addition to the 128 MW of PV which Duke will own, under its recent solicitation the utility will purchase electricity from five other PV projects totaling 150 MW which will be independently developed and owned.

North Carolina was the United States’ third-largest PV market in 2013, and the projects in Duke Energy’s solicitation represent a 44% increase on the state’s installed capacity of 627 MW as of mid-2014.