There has been controversy in the past few years regarding Duke Energy and whether they are really committed to clean energy or if they are simply trying to fool consumers with green washing and misleading statements. I think we should judge utility companies not only by their past performance but what they are doing now.
In this news release Duke makes a point of publicizing there news utility scale solar projects in their home state of North Carolina. We will wait and see if there plan to continue with this transition to clean energy or if this is just for news bites. Here it is.
Additional workers are arriving and construction activities are ramping up at three Duke Energy solar facilities – part of the company’s $500 million commitment to solar energy in North Carolina.
The previously announced facilities in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties are expected to be in service by the end of the year.
“It’s exciting for the town of Warsaw to be involved in a project this size that involves a rapidly growing technology like solar,” Shawn Condon, Warsaw town manager, said.
Once completed, the facility will strengthen the town’s ability to attract other potential businesses.
At the peak of construction around mid-year, more than 900 workers are expected to be at the three sites. Once completed, the three facilities will have a total capacity of 128 megawatts.
“We are excited to partner with these communities to build and own facilities that offer customers additional options to use solar energy,” said Duke Energy’s Rob Caldwell, senior vice president, Distributed Energy Resources.
Renewable energy will continue to be a growing part of our generation mix in the Carolinas.
The three projects:
- Warsaw Solar Facility – Located on Penny Branch Road in Warsaw, Duplin County, the 65-megawatt facility will cover 500 acres and have about 850,000 solar panels. It is the largest solar facility under construction in North Carolina.
- Elm City Solar Facility – Located on Haynes Road in Elm City, Wilson County, the 40-megawatt facility will cover 450 acres and have about 500,000 solar panels.
- Fayetteville Solar Facility – Located on N.C. Highway 87 in Bladen County near the Cumberland County line, the 23-megawatt facility will cover 120 acres and have about 105,000 solar panels.
The Duke Energy-owned facilities are part of the company’s continued expansion of renewable energy in North Carolina, including a 13-megawatt solar facility to be built at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County. The company is also partnering with solar developers to purchase the electricity output from large solar facilities planned in the state.
Duke Energy currently owns or purchases more than 600 megawatts of solar capacity in North Carolina from more than 600 installations. North Carolina is fourth in the nation for installed solar energy capacity.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.