Duke Energy launching customer solar-generating program for South Carolina customers

Duke Energy is looking to bring 53 MW of utility-scale solar capacity to the company’s South Carolina service areas by the end of 2016.

Duke Energy is looking to bring 53 MW of utility-scale solar capacity to the company’s South Carolina service areas by the end of 2016.

Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress have about 720,000 customers in South Carolina.  Sign-up for rooftop and ground-mounted solar rebates begins Oct. 13.

The company is currently seeking proposals in which bidders are asked to offer a power-purchase agreement or provide a proposal allowing Duke ownership of the project, part of the company’s Distributed Energy Resource Program.

The company is also seeking up to 5 MW of solar capacity for its Shared Solar Program in which nonprofit organizations, churches, renters and schools can subscribe to the output of a specific facility and receive a monthly credit of about 6 cents per kilowatt-hour produced.

Duke’s programs are expected to bring 110 MW of solar energy to the state by 2021.  Currently, Duke is connected to less than 2 MW of South Carolina’s solar capacity.

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