Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has completed construction of a 12.5 MW commercial-scale solar power project in Beaufort County, N.C., near Bath and Washington. The Washington White Post solar farm was placed into service in December 2012.
North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) is purchasing the electricity generated at the solar farm through a 15-year agreement. The site has the ability to produce enough electricity to power about 3,000 homes.
Duke Energy Renewables contracted with SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering and construction company based in Mooresville, N.C., to build the 53,000-panel photovoltaic project.
SunEnergy1 designed the solar array and will continue to handle operations, monitoring and maintenance of the system.
Other North Carolina companies involved in the project include: Deatwyler Clean Energy of Huntersville, N.C.; Bosch Solar Energy from Mooresville, N.C.; and the Sustainable Energy Community Development Co. based in Davidson, N.C.
The Washington White Post Solar Power Project is Duke Energy Renewables' 14th wholly owned commercial solar farm. In addition to this 12.5 MW Beaufort County facility and the 5 MW Murfreesboro Solar Power Project in eastern North Carolina, Duke Energy Renewables owns six 1-MW solar facilities in the western part of the state.
Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than $2.5 billion to grow its commercial wind and solar business.