Duke Energy sets up 35-MW solar PPA for Charlotte, North Carolina

May 14, 2020 03:15 PM ET
  • Charlotte, North Carolina is the initial district to carry out an eco-friendly power contract under utility Duke Energy's Green Source Advantage (GSA) program, more increasing solar power in the state.

The 35-MW solar center will certainly be created in Iredell County. Under a 20-year power acquisition arrangement, Duke Energy will certainly safeguard zero-carbon power to partly balance out Charlotte's energy need.

" We are proud to be a local leader in North Carolina and also in the U.S., not just establishing enthusiastic environment and also energy objectives however acting on those objectives to sustain the atmosphere as well as health and wellness of our neighborhood," stated Mayor Vi Lyles.

The city will certainly companion with PV firms Carolina Solar Energy and also Ecoplexus to develop the solar ranch, which is anticipated to be completely functional in 2022. The center will certainly be along Tomlin Mill Road near Statesville.

" Our consumers desire even more alternatives to safeguard renewable resource as well as the Green Source Advantage makes that occur," claimed Stephen De May, Duke Energy's North Carolina head of state. "We created the program to be flexible as well as permit bigger customers to work out straight with third-party designers. It sustains our clients' objective as well as increases renewable resource in North Carolina."

The GSA program is an outgrowth of 2017's spots solar regulations in North Carolina. Programs such as solar refunds for consumers as well as solar leasing were likewise part of that regulations. In 2015, Duke Energy's pilot program for GSA, the Green Source Rider, entertained like Google and also Cisco take part.

The GSA enables huge consumers to counter their power acquisitions by protecting renewable resource from projects attached to the Duke Energy grid. The client might maintain the renewable resource certifications from the projects as well as make use of the energy acquired to please sustainability or carbon-free objectives.

The action fits well with Charlotte's objective to have its local fleet and also centers be sustained by 100% zero-carbon energy resources by 2030.

Engagement in Green Source Advantage indicates Charlotte will certainly counter a part of the energy provided to its local procedures with renewable resource. The city and also the solar developer settled on the certain project and also extra expenses connected with energy from the center. Various other Duke Energy consumers will certainly not spend for any kind of part of the project.

Generally, 600 MW of ability is offered under the GSA program for huge Duke Energy consumers in North Carolina. Presently, Duke Energy preserves greater than 3,300 MW of solar energy on its energy grid in North Carolina and also runs 40 solar centers. North Carolina presently places No. 2 in the country for general solar energy.

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