Duke Energy to build 75.4 MW of PV in North Carolina

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NC-based utility Duke Energy continues to expend its solar portfolio in the home state. Yesterday, the company received approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to construct two solar facilities in Davie and Union counties.

The 60 MW Monroe Solar plant will be built by a local turnkey solar provider Strata Solar on a 162-hectares site near Monroe in Union County.

The second project, a 15.4 MW PV plant will use about 44.5 hectares of land in Davie County, near Mocksville. Charlotte-located Crowder Construction will serve as a project engineering, procurement and construction lead of the solar farm. Both projects will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas.

Last year, Duke Energy added about 300 MW of solar energy capacity in North Carolina, it owns and operates more than 35 PV facilities in the state. Recently, the company has completed four major projects with a total capacity of about 140 MW. One more solar project in Rowan County is currently awaiting approval, the company says.

Earlier this month, Duke Energy acquired six facilities, 5 MW each, in Eastern North Carolina from Community Energy. The utility has recently increased its renewable energy target by 33% to 8 GW by 2020. It has invested more than US$4 billion in renewable energy and plans to invest about $3 billion over the next five years.