Duke Energy to build 75 MW solar projects in North Carolina

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Duke Energy announced it is building two solar projects for the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC).

The projects sized more than 75 MW are pending approval from NCUC.

“As part of our solar expansion efforts in North Carolina, we will continue to seize opportunities to both develop as well as purchase projects that enable us to deliver more renewable energy to our customers,” said Rob Caldwell, senior vice president, Distributed Energy Resources.

The 60-megawatt Monroe Solar Facility on 2272 S. Rocky River Road near Monroe in Union County will be located on a 400-acre site. Strata Solar in Chapel Hill will design and build the project.

The 15.4-megawatt Mocksville Solar Facility in Davie County will use about 110 acres of land. The project will be located at 197 Crawford Road in Mocksville. Crowder Construction in Charlotte will serve as the project engineering, procurement and construction lead.

The company has requested a transfer of the Mocksville Solar Facility’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the NCUC, and plans to do the same regarding the Monroe Solar Facility.

Construction of both projects is expected in March, with completion targeted for the end of 2016.

Duke Energy is currently completing construction of 140 megawatts of capacity at four major solar facilities in the North Carolina counties of Bladen, Duplin, Onslow and Wilson counties.

Rajani Baburajan

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