April 22, 2010
Source: Duke Energy
Ten new customer sites across North Carolina will have solar panels installed on their building or grounds as part of Duke Energy's (DUK) distributed solar generation program.
The company launched the program in October 2009, when roof space was leased from four large manufacturing and commercial facilities for placement of solar panels. Today, the company is advancing the program by announcing 10 new sites. They include:
- Lincoln Charter School, Denver, N.C.
- Gaston County Schools, Lowell, N.C.
- Environmental Protection Agency, Durham, N.C.
- Maple View Farm, Hillsborough N.C.
- City of Charlotte Department of Transportation Facility, Charlotte,N.C.
- Liberty Hardware/Johnson Development, Winston Salem, N.C.
- Childress Klein Properties, Charlotte, N.C.
- Carrier Centers, LLC, Charlotte, N.C.
- Siemens, Winston Salem, N.C.
- Daimler Trucks North America, Cleveland, N.C.
These 10 sites are expected to generate approximately 4.1 MW of direct current electricity by 2011.
When the distributed solar generation program is complete, Duke Energy will have invested approximately $50 million to construct and own a total of 10 MW of solar energy capacity in the state.
These sites were selected based on the organization's interest in solar energy, ready access to the electrical grid and solar potential, in addition to other essential lease agreement criteria. Installations are under way on a few of the sites, and construction is expected to be complete by fall 2010.