Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN) on April 5 said one of eastern North Carolina’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays is online and generating electricity from atop a rooftop in New Bern, N.C. The 1.26 MW solar PV array was built and will be operated by ESA Renewables LLC, and Progress Energy Carolinas will purchase the electricity it generates.
Using polycrystalline Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ) modules, the array covers approximately 177,160 square feet of the roof area, becoming one of Progress Energy Carolinas largest installations in the east to date, including ground mounted systems. ESA will operate and maintain the system for the duration of the contract with Progress Energy Carolinas. Included in the operation and maintenance contract is ESA’s own proprietary monitoring system, which was developed in house. The monitoring system is an effective, preventative, and corrective maintenance system that helps monitor the plant with real time data and alerts.
Progress said the project is part of the utility’s plan to meet the requirements of North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard. Progress Energy has more than 240 MWs of renewable energy under contract in North Carolina to help meet the requirements of this law, including solar, biofuels, landfill methane and other technologies.
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