Aiming to more than double its existing 105 solar PV project portfolio, Duke Energy expects to install a total of 162 MW across eight plants this year.
To date, it has completed four projects worth 30 MW in the North Carolina towns of Creswell, Everetts, Battleboro and Sunbury. The generated energy from these plants will be sold to Dominion NC Power.
A further 132 MW are underway across another four plants, comprising 32 MW in Kelford and Whitakers, 80 MW in Edgecombe County and 20 MW in Currituck County.
While negotiations are still said to be ongoing for the purchase of power from the 80 MW Conetoe Project, the output from the 32 MW Capital Partners Phase II Project will go to George Washington University, American University and George Washington University Hospital.
SunEnergy1 is responsible for the development and construction of all plants, apart from the 20 MW Shawboro Project, which Swinerton Renewable Energy is undertaking.
"With 105 MW of solar projects already in operation in North Carolina and the 160 MW that will be completed this year, Duke Energy Renewables will have a total of 265 MW of solar power in service statewide by year end," said the company in a statement released. It has invested US$500 million in solar PV projects in the state since 2010.
"This significant amount of solar installations in small towns has provided a massive boost to the local economies and jobless rates," added SunEnergy1 CEO, Kenny Habul.