NTE Energy’s (NTE’s) Kings Mountain Energy Center (KMEC), a 475MW natural gas-fired plant in Cleveland County, North Carolina, has officially commenced its operations.

KMEC, which is a $500m facility, will have generation capacity to power more than 400,000 homes through long-term agreements with nine municipalities in North and South Carolina.

NTE Energy CEO Seth Shortlidge said: “We are extremely proud of this milestone, and offer our thanks and congratulations to everyone who had a hand in bringing this state-of-the-art facility to completion.

“This natural gas-fueled power plant is capable of producing 475MW of electricity, sufficient to power 400,000 homes.”

“We have enjoyed building long-lasting relationships with the City of Kings Mountain and our customers as we work to bring significant power cost savings and economic development opportunities to the Carolinas.”

During peak construction period, KMEC created more than 500 construction jobs. The facility now employs 25 people to handle daily operations.

Earlier this year, NTE Energy’s first clean power plant began operations in Middletown, Ohio.

The natural gas-fuelled power plant was built with an investment of more than $600m and is capable of producing 475MW of electricity, sufficient to power 400,000 homes.

The Middletown facility uses natural gas to produce energy, as well as heat produced through the power-generation process, which otherwise would be wasted

NTE’s second power plant in Rockingham County, North Carolina, Reidsville Energy Center is currently under construction.

NTE is also planning to build its third energy centre in Anderson, South Carolina, as well as a solar energy centre in eastern part of North Carolina.

Headquartered in Florida, the company, through its affiliates, develops and acquires power-generation and transmission facilities in North America.