Progress Energy Carolinas has signed a contract with Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) in which AGT will build, own and operate a 1.27MW BIPV solar array on the roof of a BSH Home Appliances warehouse in New Bern, N.C. The output will be sold to the utility for distribution to its customers.

This project is the seventh large-scale solar PV project announced by Progress Energy, bringing the total amount of solar-generated electricity scheduled to be purchased by the company to more than 10MW. The project will utilize AGT's thin-film, building-integrated technology. The array will cover approximately 210,0002ft of the roof area.

"We are pleased that our expanding portfolio of solar projects has passed the 10MW milestone and remain committed to responsibly pursuing renewable energy resources," said Lloyd Yates, president and chief executive officer of Progress. "Projects such as this, coupled with our aggressive energy-efficiency programs and advanced generation facilities, will provide the clean, reliable, affordable power our customers rely on us to provide. We are proud to partner with Advanced Green Technologies and BSH Home Appliances on this innovative project."

Baker Renewable Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baker Roofing in Raleigh, will install the array and Southern Energy Management of Morrisville will be responsible for administering the electrical connections of the project.

"Our partnership with Progress Energy and BSH Home Appliances illustrates the advancement of solar energy in North Carolina, with strong support from both public and private sectors," said Richard Milanese, vice president of Advanced Green Technologies. "These rooftop solar installations will continue the growth of the local green-collar job sector while adding clean energy to Progress Energy's portfolio."

The solar array is expected to be online in spring 2010 and will generate about 1.5 million kWh of electricity annually. Once complete, the New Bern solar plant will be the largest in Eastern N.C.