Duke Energy receives NCUC approval to build solar facilities in North Carolina

18 May 2016 (Last Updated May 18th, 2016 18:30)

US-based electricity company Duke Energy has received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to develop new solar facilities in Davie and Union counties.

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US-based electricity company Duke Energy has received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to develop new solar facilities in Davie and Union counties.

The two solar projects are a 60MW Monroe facility in Union County and a 15.4MW Mocksville plant in Davie County.

The 400-acre Monroe facility will be on 2272 S Rocky River Road near Monroe. It will be designed and built by Strata Solar located in Chapel Hill, US.

The Mocksville project in Davie County will be built at 197 Crawford Road in Mocksville, covering an area of 110 acres.

Charlotte's Crowder Construction will act as the engineering, procurement and construction lead for the project.

Duke Energy Distributed Energy Resources senior vice president Rob Caldwell said: "These projects are part of our planned expansion of solar in North Carolina.

"These projects are part of our planned expansion of solar in North Carolina."

"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 two solar projects will be both owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas.

These new facilities will also help meet renewable energy and efficiency requirements of North Carolina.

Recently, Duke Energy has also completed construction of approximately 140MW of solar capacity at four primary facilities in the North Carolina counties of Duplin, Bladen, Onslow and Wilson.

In North Carolina last year, the company constructed solar facilities with a total capacity of 300MW.


Image: Duke Energy is to build solar facilities in the Union and Davie counties. Photo: courtesy of Duke Energy.