Duke Energy has received approval from North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to acquire and construct three solar farms with a combined generation capacity of 128MW in North Carolina, US.
The three farms to be constructed include a 65MW Warsaw solar facility in Duplin County, a 40MW Elm City solar facility in Wilson County, and a 23MW Fayetteville solar facility in Bladen County.
Duke Energy has received the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for each of the facilities.
The CPCN for the Warsaw solar facility was transferred to Duke Energy from Strata Solar, while the CPCNs were relocated to the Elm City solar facility and the Fayetteville solar facility from HelioSage Energy and Tangent Energy Solutions respectively.
Construction of the projects will begin in early 2015, and is likely to be completed by the end of the year.
The developments are expected to provide more than 750 job opportunities in the state during the peak of construction.
The projects are a part of the company’s $500m solar expansion plan, which was announced in September.
This plan also includes buying energy under purchase power agreements from five other new solar projects, in both the Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress service territories.
With the latest projects, the overall Duke Energy’s expansion totals 278MW of new solar capacity.
Duke Energy senior vice-president for distributed energy resources Rob Caldwell said: "We are pleased the NCUC has approved the company’s request to build these facilities.
"These projects will help provide significant amounts of cost-effective renewable energy to benefit our customers, comply with our state obligations, and provide meaningful investments in the communities we serve."