Duke Energy Renewables to develop 12.5 MW solar project

Duke Energy Renewables is developing a 12.5 MW commercial-scale solar power project in Beaufort County, N.C. The project, currently under construction, is expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2012.

Duke Energy Renewables intends to sell the power through a 15-year agreement with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) 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 handle operations, monitoring and maintenance of the system after it is commissioned.

In addition to the Beaufort County Solar Power Project 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.

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