Duke Energy Renewables begins on 50-MW North Carolina solar project

Feb 25, 2021 01:17 PM ET
  • Duke Energy has actually begun building on the 50-MW Broad River Solar energy plant in Cleveland Area, North Carolina, broadening its renewable energy portfolio.

The project will certainly be had and run by the utility's commercial subsidiary Duke Energy Renewables. The project was picked as part of the competitive bidding process developed by 2017's landmark solar legislation in North Carolina.

The nuclear power plant will be made up of more than 170,000 solar panels across around 500 acres near Hot Springs. The facility will power the matching of 12,500 homes and is expected to reach commercial procedure by the end of 2021.

" Solar power continues to play a big function in our aggressive search to lower carbon exhausts as well as attain our net-zero carbon goal for 2050," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy North Carolina's president. "We'll remain to provide renewable resource by building and acquiring even more carbon-free power for our clients."

Under North Carolina's Affordable Purchase for Renewable resource, proposed projects should be developed where there is a requirement for energy capacity on the Duke Energy system in North Carolina or South Carolina. The proposals can come from any kind of company, consisting of Duke Energy, and can be in the form of power purchase contracts (PPA), utility self-developed centers or energy asset acquisitions.

"Along with enhancing the renewable energy sources in the state, the project will also provide substantial economic advantages to Cleveland Region," said Chris Fallon, head of state of Duke Energy Renewables.

Throughout peak building, Broad River Solar will generate roughly 120 work. Together with indirect economic advantages that accompany solar project advancement, such as increased local costs in the solution and construction sectors, Broad River Solar will certainly likewise have an economic effect on the neighborhood area by offering regional tax obligation profits to the county and local school districts, in addition to settlements to the participating landowners.

The facility's design, purchase of inverters, the balance of plant systems and building of the project will be executed by Swinerton. The solar power generated by Broad River Solar will be sold via a 20-year power acquisition arrangement.

The Duke Energy Foundation lately awarded a $5,000 give to the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation and Crest Senior high school to add a renewable resource and also eco-friendly construction skills module into the institution's workforce growth educational program because of the solar project.


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