Duke Energy completes largest solar project in North Carolina county

Regional utility Duke Energy completed a 22.6-MW solar power plant in Surry County, North Carolina. The Stony Knoll Solar project is owned and operated by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS).

The project was selected in a competitive bidding process established by 2017’s solar legislation in North Carolina. Stony Knoll contains 76,600 panels with single-axis tracking. The plant is located on 195 acres in Dobson. The facility will power the equivalent of 5,000 homes.

“In addition to our many renewable energy projects across the nation, North Carolina continues to be fertile ground for solar power,” said Chris Fallon, president of DESS. “With the help of our partners in Surry County, we have brought online the largest solar power plant in the county.”

The facility’s design and construction of the project were performed by SOLV Energy† The solar power generated by the project will be delivered through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“Solar power continues to play a vital part of our clean energy transition,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We expect renewables to grow significantly in the years ahead as we focus on meeting our customers’ needs for increasingly clean energy.”

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