The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) recently approved Duke Energy's plans to build a 60-megawatt (MW) solar facility in Union County and a 15.4 MW solar facility in Davie County.
"These projects are part of our planned expansion of solar in North Carolina," Duke Distributed Energy Resources Senior Vice President Rob Caldwell said. "With the state third in the nation for installed solar power, we are committed to growing renewable energy in a sustainable way that benefits all customers."
The Union County facility, which will be called the Monroe Solar Facility, will be located on Rocky River Road near Monroe. It will occupy a 400-acre site, and Chapel Hill’s Strata Solar will handle the project's design and construction. In Davie County, the Mocksville Solar Facility, to be located on Crawford Road in Mocksville, will occupy 110 acres. Crowder Construction, based in Charlotte, will handle engineering, procurement and construction for the project.
The projects continue Duke Energy’s significant solar investments in North Carolina, having recently built four other facilities, collectively representing 140 MW of capacity, in Bladen, Duplin, Onslow and Wilson counties. All told, Duke Energy and its companies have installed 450 MW of solar energy capacity in North Carolina.