Duke buys solar project in San Francisco

A Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) unit has a solar project with more than 4 MW of generating capacity form Recurrent Energy.

The 4.5-MW (AC) Sunset Reservoir Solar Power Project is the largest solar generation facility in San Francisco. It is considered one of the largest urban renewable solar projects in the nation, Duke Energy Renewables said in an Aug. 15 statement.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is purchasing the emissions-free energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

With the addition of this project, we continue to grow our solar footprint in California,” said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. “As this asset continues to contribute to the state and city’s renewable energy goals for years to come, we look forward to being a positive presence in this community.”

The solar power system, developed and operated by Recurrent Energy since 2010, consists of nearly 24,000 solar panels mounted on top of the Sunset Reservoir. The facility provides electricity for the city and county of San Francisco’s municipal services and facilities.

In April, Duke Energy Renewables acquired the 21-MW Highlander solar power projects in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Sunset Reservoir project adds to Duke Energy Renewables’ more than 100 megawatts of generating capacity at 16 U.S. solar projects. Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than $3bn to grow its commercial wind and solar business.

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