Duke Energy announces 10 additional sites for solar program

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Duke Energy has announced that ten new customer sites across North Carolina will have solar panels installed on their building or grounds as part of the company’s distributed solar generation program. Duke Energy launched the program back in October 2009, when roof space was leased from four large manufacturing and commercial facilities for placement of solar panels.

“Partnering with sites visible to our customers helps build knowledge and understanding of solar energy,” said Brett Carter, president of Duke Energy Carolinas. “This innovative program brings more solar energy to our customers, and helps us meet the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard in a way that balances costs to customers.”

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The 10 sites, which will generate approximately 4.1MW, were selected based on the organization’s interest in solar energy, ready access to the electrical grid and solar potential, and adherence to lease agreement criteria. Installations are under way on a few of the sites, with construction expected in the autumn of 2010.

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