Duke Energy buys six solar power projects from SolAmerica

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Duke Energy Renewables has bought six solar power projects totaling 4.7 MW developed by Georgia-based SolAmerica Energy.

SolAmerica Energy developed the ground-mounted projects and managed construction under an engineering, procurement and construction agreement with Duke Energy affiliate REC Solar.

The projects are part of the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, and Georgia Power will purchase the power generated by the projects under a 30-year agreement.

"In acquiring these solar sites, we add Georgia to our growing U.S. renewables footprint," said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. "SolAmerica and REC Solar have completed quality projects that will deliver clean energy to Georgia Power's customers for years to come."

"We are pleased to have developed and constructed these projects for Duke Energy as part of a portfolio of projects under Georgia Power's Advanced Solar Initiative," said R. Stanley Allen, president of SolAmerica. "Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar have been great partners and we look forward to continued involvement in the projects in an operations and maintenance capacity."

The projects total 4.7 MW alternating current (AC) and include:

·      Hancock County Solar Farm in Sparta, Ga.: 1 MW direct current (DC) / 769 kW AC

·      Johnson County Solar Farm in Wrightsville, Ga.: 1 MW DC / 769 kW AC

·      Ware County Solar Farm in Waycross, Ga.: 1 MW DC / 769 kW AC

·      Wilcox County Solar Farm in Abbeville, Ga.: 1 MW DC / 769 kW AC

·      Decatur County Solar Farm I In Bainbridge, Ga.: 1 MW DC / 769 kW AC

·      Decatur County Solar Farm II In Bainbridge, Ga.: 1.1 MW DC /  834 kW AC

The panels were manufactured by Yingli Solar.

In its commercial business and regulated utilities, Duke Energy owns and operates more than 2,800 MW of wind and solar energy – enough to power 780,000 average homes at peak production. The company has invested more than $4 billion in renewable energy.

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