Duke Energy to being construction phase for three solar projects in N.C.

 Duke Energy to being construction phase for three solar projects in N.C.

As part of Duke Energy’s (NYSE: DUK) $500 million commitment to increase solar energy in North Carolina, the utility is preparing to construct three solar facilities. Once completed, the three facilities will have a total generating capacity of 128-MW.

The previously announced facilities in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties are expected to reach operations by the end of the year.

The three projects include:

-Warsaw Solar Facility - a 65-MW facility that will feature approximately 850,000 solar panels;
-Elm City Solar Facility - a 40-MW facility consisting of about 500,000 solar panels; and
-Fayetteville Solar Facility - a 23-MW facility that will include nearly 105,000 solar panels.

Duke Energy currently owns or purchases more than 600-MW of solar capacity in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation for installed solar energy capacity.

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