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Duke Energy to build three solar projects in North Carolina

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has begun construction of three utility-scale solar power projects totalling 30 MW AC in Eastern North Carolina.

The 20 MW Dogwood Solar Power Project is located in Halifax County, near Scotland Neck. The company is also building two 5 MW projects, one in Bertie County near Windsor, named Windsor Cooper Hill Solar. The other, Bethel Price Solar, is in Pitt County, near Bethel.

“We are pleased to be expanding our presence in Eastern North Carolina and bringing significant community development benefits to these counties,” said Duke Energy Renewables president Greg Wolf. “The projects generate valuable tax revenue, provide supplemental income for landowners and bring clean, renewable energy to the state.”

SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering and construction company based in Mooresville, NC, is building the photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are projected to be complete by the end of 2013.

"When the sun is shining and the plants are operating, the 30 MW of solar energy generated by the three projects will supply enough electricity to power about 6,000 homes,” said Kenny Habul, CEO of SunEnergy1. 

The 140,000 high efficiency Virtus II PV modules for the three sites are being supplied by ReneSola. The projects consist of a mix of 72-cell 300-watt and 305-watt polycrystalline PV modules. 

 

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