CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has completed construction of a 12.5-megawatt (MW) commercial-scale solar power project in Beaufort County, N.C., near Bath and Washington. The Washington White Post solar farm was placed into service in December 2012.
"This project fits well with our mission to provide affordable and increasingly clean energy to North Carolina," said Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers. "As a merged company, we are delighted to build on Progress Energy's proud history of service and involvement in eastern North Carolina. The Washington White Post solar project further demonstrates our commitment to continuing this legacy."
North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) is purchasing the electricity generated at the solar farm through a 15-year agreement. The site has the ability to produce enough electricity to power about 3,000 homes.
"With the 11 MW of commercial solar power we already generate in North Carolina, the Beaufort County facility more than doubles our solar capacity in the state," said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. "In fact, it is our largest solar power project in the eastern United States."
Duke Energy Renewables contracted with SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering and construction company based in Mooresville, N.C., to build the 53,000-panel photovoltaic project.
"We're proud that our partnership with Duke Energy Renewables generated more than 125 local jobs in Beaufort County during construction and that those workers brought the project in on time and on budget," said Kenny Habul, SunEnergy1 chief executive officer. "We're also pleased that the solar project allowed us to make much-needed investments in the local economy by purchasing supplies, services, materials and heavy-duty construction equipment."
About Duke Energy Renewables
Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy generation projects for customers throughout the United States. The company's growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes 13 wind farms and 14 solar farms in operation in nine states, totaling more than 1,300 megawatts in electric-generating capacity. Learn more at www.duke-energy.com/renewables.
SOURCE Duke Energy