Cypress Creek wraps up construction of 78-MW solar project in North Carolina

Cypress Creek Renewables on Dec. 20 announced the completion of one its largest utility-scale solar energy facility to date, which is the Innovative Solar 46 project in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

The project is located in the city of Hope Mills and is considered the single largest solar farm ever built east of the Mississippi River, the company added. The project will provide an estimated 78.5 MW. The Innovative Solar 46 project was developed in partnership with Entropy, a North Carolina energy investment company, and it has a power purchase agreement with Duke Energy Progress.

This is the largest project in Cypress Creek’s portfolio, which will exceed 1 GW in operation nationwide by the end of 2016.

“As the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi, Innovative Solar 46 is a great example of the state’s dedication to renewables implementation. As proud members of the North Carolina clean energy community, we look forward to seeing many more projects like this one through to fruition,” said Cypress Creek CEO Matthew McGovern.

Cypress Creek uses a data-driven approach to identify and acquire underutilized land on which it builds solar farms ranging from 2 MW–20 MW on average, and it currently owns the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi River. Cypress is fully integrated, it finances, builds and operates its utility-scale solar farms with the support of over 200 team members and it has invested over $1.5 billion into solar farms since 2014.

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