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Duke Energy Proposes More Than 75 MW New Solar for North Carolina

Duke Energy Proposes More Than 75 MW New Solar for North Carolina

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has proposed two new solar facilities in North Carolina, together totaling more than 75 MW.

The 60-MW Monroe Solar Facility in Union County is slated for 400 acres.  Strata Solar would design and build the project.

The 15.4-MW Mocksville Solar Facility in Davie County is proposed for 110 acres.  Crowder Construction would provide engineering, procurement and construction services.

Pending approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission, construction will begin in March on both projects.  Completion is expected by the end of 2016.

“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.

Both projects would be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas, helping the state meet its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

Duke is currently competing construction on 140 MW of capacity at four major solar facilities elsewhere in North Carolina, which ranks fourth nationally for overall installed solar.