By Editors of Power Engineering
Duke Energy announced the company connected a total of 500 MW of solar capacity to North Carolina in 2016.
That figure includes 100 MW of capacity created from Duke’s direct investments and 400 MW purchased from facilities built by other developers.
Much of the new solar energy supports North Carolina's 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that mandates Duke Energy generate 12.5 percent of its retail sales in the state by renewable energy or energy efficiency programs by 2021.
Over 2017, Duke will seek out 400 MW of new solar capacity in North Carolina, including the 60-MW Monroe Solar Facility in Union County.
Duke currently owns and operates 500 MW of solar capacity in the state, and purchases 1,700 MW of solar from other facilities. On top of that, 4,500 Duke Energy customers collectively generate 45 MW of private solar.