Duke Energy’s subsidiary, Duke Energy Renewables, has started construction on 30MW of solar projects in North Carolina.
The three utility-scale solar projects, totalling 30MW in Eastern North Carolina are the 20MW Dogwood Solar Power Project in Scotland Neck, Halifax County, the 5MW Windsor Cooper Hill Solar, in Windsor, Bertie County and the 5MW Bethel Price Solar project in Bethel, Pitt County.
Duke Energy Renewables president, Greg Wolf said: “The projects generate valuable tax revenue, provide supplemental income for landowners and bring clean, renewable energy to the state.”
Local engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, SunEnergy1, is constructing the 30MW projects, scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.
The project will employ 140,000 of ReneSola’s 72-cell 300w and 305w polycrystalline high efficiency Virtus II PV modules, with electric power to be sold through fixed long-term contracts.
Once complete, the projects will generate enough energy to power 6,000 homes, said Kenny Habul, CEO of SunEnergy1, adding that the investment and creation of several hundred construction jobs, and a permanent tax base is making a “lasting impact” on a large portion of Eastern North Carolina.
Renesola president, Kevin Chen said Renesola is looking forward to “working closely with Duke Energy Renewables and SunEnergy1 in 2014 and beyond to help them fulfill on their pipelines.”
Duke Energy also has the 12.5MW and 5MW Beaufort County solar plants, the 5MW Murfreesboro Solar Power project, and six 1MW solar projects in North Carolina.
According to analysts NPD SolarBuzz, North Carolina accounted for 8% of all new solar installations in the US in the last quarter of this year and its PV market is predicted to grow by 80% by the end of the year.