Duke Energy’s third solar project, a 6-megawatt plant, will be its Woodleaf Solar Facility in Rowan County, North Carolina. The facility will be located near the intersection of Highway 801 and Old U.S. Highway 70, on roughly 50 acres of land already owned by Duke Energy.
"We see 2016 shaping up to be active year for Duke Energy-owned solar projects," said Rob Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources. "Our customers want us to actively pursue renewable energy, and we are delivering on that desire."
The project will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas and will help meet North Carolina's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, company officials said. If approved by the NCUC, the project will begin construction in the second quarter of 2016, with completion targeted for the end of the year.
Duke Energy filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission on a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity– needed for the plant to be built. CPCN's were filed earlier for projects in Davie and Union counties.
"We appreciate Duke Energy's continued investment in Rowan County with the Woodleaf project," said Greg Edds, Chairman of the Rowan County Commissioners. "Duke Energy has made significant investments in the community to meet the energy needs of the region and we look forward to a continuing partnership with them in Rowan County."
Duke Energy continues to invest heavily in solar energy in North Carolina as part of its effort to deliver increasingly clean energy to its customers. The company is about to complete 141 megawatts of projects announced in 2015 – in Bladen, Duplin, Onslow and Wilson counties.
For 2016, Duke Energy utilities have announced 81 megawatts of planned solar power – already more than 50 percent 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.