Duke Energy Renewables has completed 30MW of solar projects in eastern North Carolina and is planning to double its operational capacity in the state by the end of 2015.
The Charlotte-headquartered utility’s clean energy arm has a further 132MW of projects in the state under construction, which it expects to complete by the end of the year.
With 105MW of solar projects already in operation in North Carolina and the projects that will be completed this year, Duke Energy Renewables will have a total of 265MW of solar power in service statewide by year end.
“With these additions to our existing 105MW portfolio, we are more than doubling our solar capacity in North Carolina,” said Greg Wolf, president, commercial portfolio, Duke Energy. “Providing increasingly clean power is important to our company and customers, and we are pleased to take part in the state's growing solar industry.”
The power from the newly completed projects in Creswell, Everetts, Battleboro and Sunbury will be sold to Dominion NC Power.
According to GTM Research’s most recent ‘US Solar Market Insight’ report, in the second quarter of 2015, North Carolina was second only to California in the amount of new solar capacity it added.
The state also now has the fourth highest cumulative PV capacity in the country, with a total of 1,088MW installed.