Duke will acquire and build three solar facilities totaling 128-MW in capacity. The utility also signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with five new solar projects in the state, representing 150-MW of capacity. Together, the eight projects will have a capacity of 278-MW. The commitment includes investments in the three facilities and the value of the PPAs.
Duke will own the 65-MW Warsaw Solar Facility, developed by Strata Solar; the 40-MW Elm City Solar Facility, developed by HelloSage Energy; and the 23-MW Fayetteville Solar Facility, developed by Tangent Energy Solutions. Duke will purchase power from the 48-MW Bladen County project, the 48-MW Richmond County project, the 20-MW Scotland County project, the 19-MW Cleveland County, and the 15-MW Beaufort County project.
The Warsaw Solar Facility will utilize solar panels manufactured by First Solar; solar inverters will be manufactured by the German-based company SMA Solar Technology. In addition, First Solar will provide its Series-4 thin-film solar panels and serve as the EPC contractor for the Elm City Solar Faclity; SMA Solar Technology will supply the inverters. Phoenix Solar will lead as the EPC contactor for the Bladen County project; solar panels will be manufactured by Yingli Solar.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2015. Projects await approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC).
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