Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions finishes its biggest solar project ever before

Mar 8, 2023 05:08 PM ET
  • Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS), a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, is now running its largest solar energy plant ever-- the 250-MW Pisgah Ridge Solar project in Navarro County, Texas.
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions finishes its biggest solar project ever before
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" We're delighted to continue to expand our Texas solar portfolio," said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. "This project shows just how we can remain to increase our renewable resource sources while offering distinct sustainability remedies for industrial customers."

Charles River Laboratories International, a company of research devices as well as integrated assistance solutions that enable innovative and effective drug discovery and also growth, has a virtual power acquisition agreement (VPPA) for 102 MW of the project over the next 15 years.

This dedication will certainly deal with the entirety of the business's North American electrical power tons with clean, renewable energy by 2023.

" Charles River has dedicated to sourcing 100% of our worldwide power requires through renewable sources by 2030," stated Gregg Belardo, executive director of EHS & sustainability at Charles River. "Our VPPA with DESS offers insurance coverage for our North American facilities as well as moves us substantially closer to that global goal. We are proud to partner with Duke Energy as well as are thrilled that Pisgah Ridge is currently online."

Midwest store Meijer signed a separate 15-year VPPA agreement for 83 MW of solar power generated by the Pisgah Ridge Solar project. One other company has a third 15-year VPPA agreement. Together, the 3 agreements represent more than 90% of the facility's output.

All three VPPAs associated with the website will certainly decide on an as-generated basis linked to the project's real-time energy output.

" Minimizing our effect on the atmosphere via an ongoing commitment in decreasing carbon exhausts is a problem that is essential to us and also our clients," said Erik Petrovskis, supervisor of ecological compliance and also sustainability at Meijer. "We've made significant progress over the years, however this project with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions puts us on the best course to making an even larger influence."

The design and also building for the project was done by Moss, while Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will certainly own and also run the project.

The project used around 300 workers at peak construction. In addition to indirect economic benefits that accompany solar project growth, such as raised neighborhood spending in the solution and building sectors, the Pisgah Ridge Solar center will certainly also have a favorable financial effect on the regional community by providing significant tax obligation revenues for the Corsicana Independent School District.

The Duke Energy Foundation has actually likewise offered the city of Richland, Texas, a $50,000 DESS give to support the revitalization of Richland Community Park. The give was used to replace existing play area equipment with a new playscape and also park benches as well as improve landscaping around the new equipment.

The Foundation also granted 2 gives to the Richland Volunteer Fire Department amounting to $37,000 to assist the division preserve the vital safety solutions it supplies to neighborhood companies as well as citizens in Richland, Texas and surrounding Navarro County.

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