The sixth 5MW solarpower project purchased by Duke Energy Renewables in Eastern North Carolina is due to begin operations this month, with the first five already in-service.

The sites were originally owned by Community Energy and their combined capacity will generate enough power for nearly 6,000 homes.

Duke Energy’s commercial portfolio president Greg Wolf said: "Last year, our commercial and regulated businesses added 300MW of solar power in North Carolina, and these projects continue the momentum of renewable energy growth in the state.

"We’re pleased to work with Community Energy and are proud to be a part of the economic development and jobs the solar industry has brought to North Carolina."

The six solar facilities include Seaboard Solar, Gaston Solar, Garysburg Solar, and Woodland Solar in Northampton; Winton Solar in Hertford; and Tarboro Solar in Edgecombe.

"The generated power is being sold to the US electric utility company Dominion NC Power under a 15-year agreement."

The generated power is being sold to the US electric utility company Dominion NC Power under a 15-year agreement.

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Community Energy solar president Eric Blank said: "Community Energy was one of the early entrants into both North Carolina and Eastern solar markets and greatly appreciates the opportunity to now be working with an industry leader like Duke Energy Renewables on these projects."

Installed with nearly 135,000 solar modules, the construction of the six projects was carried out by Gehrlicher Solar America, an arm of M&W Americas.

In total, Duke Energy has installed about 450MW of solar energy in North Carolina, which is sufficient enough to supply electricity to 85,000 average homes at peak production.

Image: The power generated from the six solar projects is being sold to Dominion NC Power under a 15-year agreement. Photo: courtesy of Duke Energy.