Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions starts commercial operations on 72.6 MW of new solar

Duke Energy sustainable solutions recently began commercial operation of two large solar power plants in North Carolina, the 50-MW Broad River Solar power plant in Cleveland County and the 22.6-MW Speedway Solar power plant in Cabarrus County.

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“Even with the challenges of COVID-19 in 2021 and supply chain constraints, our team remained focused and delivered these projects on time,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We couldn’t have completed these projects without the support of our suppliers and the people of Cleveland and Cabarrus counties.”

The facility design, inverter procurement, plant systems balance and project construction were performed by Swinerton. The solar energy generated by both projects will be provided through 20-year power purchase agreements. Together, the projects can supply approximately 15,000 households with electricity for a year.

North Carolina is fourth in the nation for overall solar energy. The outlook is promising for more solar in the future with the Energy Solutions for North Carolina Act (HB 951) passed in 2021.

“Solar is a key focus for Duke Energy as we aim to achieve a 70% carbon reduction by 2030 in North Carolina and net zero carbon emissions by 2050 below HB951,” said Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina. “We expect solar energy to play a leading role in our clean energy future.”

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