Duke Energy plans 6-MW solar project in Rowan County, N.C.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) said March 3 that it plans to a 6-MW (AC) solar facility this year in Rowan County, North Carolina.

The Woodleaf Solar Facility, which should be completed by the end of 2016, will be located near Salisbury, Duke said in a news release.

Duke Energy has just filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for the solar project in Rowan County. CPCN applications were filed earlier for projects in Davie and Union counties.

Duke announced the two earlier projects, planned for Monroe and Mocksville, in December 2015.

The Woodleaf Solar Facility will be located near the intersection of Highway 801 and Old U.S. Highway 70 in the community of Woodleaf in Rowan County. It will occupy roughly 50 acres of land already owned by Duke Energy.    

If approved by the NCUC, the project will begin construction in the second quarter of 2016. The project will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas and will help meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

For 2016, Duke Energy utilities have announced 81 MW of planned solar power – already more than 50% of what was done in 2015. This aggressive expansion by Duke Energy companies has led North Carolina to be ranked fourth nationally for overall installed solar.

Over the past eight years, Duke, through its regulated and commercial businesses, has invested more than $4bn in solar and wind across the country. The company plans to invest about $3 billion in renewable energy over the next five years.

One megawatt of large-scale solar is equivalent to about 200 typical residential rooftop systems. The number varies by state and conditions.

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