Duke Energy Renewables announced that they have started construction on three utility-scale solar projects in Eastern North Carolina.
The three projects add up to a combined capacity of 30MW, enough to power about 6,000 homes.
The biggest of the three projects is the 20MW Dogwood Solar Power Project near Scotland Neck, in Halifax County.
The other two are 5MW projects. One is the Windsor Cooper Hill Solar Project near Windsor, Bertie County. The other one is Bethel Price Solar near Bethel, Pitt County.
The combined investment on the projects will create hundreds of construction jobs and a permanent tax base that will have a lasting impact on a large part of Eastern North Carolina. Duke Energy already owns six 1MW solar facilities in the state‚Äôs western part.
Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf said they were pleased to be expanding in this part of the state and bringing significant community development benefits to these counties. He said the projects would generate valuable tax revenue, along with supplemental income for the land owners, and clean, renewable energy for the state.
The photovoltaic (PV) projects, expected to be complete by the end of the year, are being built by Mooresville, NC-based solar engineering, design and construction firm SunEnergy1.
Kenny Habul, CEO of SunEnergy1, said they were proud to be partnering on these projects with Duke Energy. Habul applauded Duke Energy‚Äôs continued commitment towards bringing economic growth and renewable solar power for these counties, which he said stand to reap tangible benefits from these projects.
The 140,000 high efficiency PV modules that will be used in the three new projects are being supplied by ReneSola (NYSE:SOL).
Renesola President Kevin Chen said their company had forged a solid long-term relationship with Duke Energy Renewables and SunEnergy1, and was looking forward to working with both companies in 2014 and beyond.
Duke Energy Renewables is a commercial business unit of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK). The company‚Äôs portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes 17 solar projects and 15 wind farms in operation in 12 states, adding up to more than 1,700MW of capacity.
The three new solar projects will bring the number of commercial solar farms wholly owned by Duke Energy Renewables in the U.S. to 20.