Duke Energy buys North Carolina solar power plant

Duke Energy Renewables announced Dec. 19 it purchased a 20-megawatt solar project located in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, to add to its current 60 mw of solar capacity in the state.

Duke Energy Renewables announced Dec. 19 it purchased a 20-megawatt solar project located in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, to add to its current 60 mw of solar capacity in the state. Duke Energy acquired the Halifax Solar Power Project from Greenex and ET Solar Energy Corp.

The solar facility was built on a decommissioned airport in Halifax County and started to generate energy this December. It uses about 10,000 solar modules and 866 string inverters, according to the press release. The energy produced will be sold to Dominion North Carolina Power under a 15-year power purchase agreement and is enough to provide electricity to about 3,500 homes.

Solar in North Carolina
In 2013, North Carolina ranked third out of all states in the U.S. for total solar energy installed that year, with a capacity of 335.4 mw added to the state's entire production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The stank ranks fourth in the U.S. for total installed solar capacity at 722 mw, which can power 79,000 houses.

More information on solar power in the U.S. can be found at PennEnergy's research area.

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