North Carolina opens major new solar power plant

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:01 AM
posted by rene5432

Duke Energy announced on Monday, January 16, the opening of the newest and largest solar power plant in the state of North Carolina.

Located on Kings Mountain, west of Charlotte along the southern border of the state, the new solar power installation boasts 22,000 solar panels in total. The Gaston Gazette reports that the plant can produce as much ad 7.5 gigawatts of power, enough for around 700 homes.

Duke supported the project through a 20-year power purchase agreement, which will provide both the solar electricity and the renewable energy certificates that the utility company will need to meet North Carolina's renewable portfolio standards.

"Kings Mountain Solar and Strata"s ongoing development of utility-scale solar farms is an excellent example of how sustainability has transformed into a mainstream economic force, resulting in an explosion of longterm job creation across the state," Markus Wilhelm, chief executive officer of the projects developer, Strata Solar, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to partner with Duke Energy Carolinas in fostering environmental responsibility and bringing clean economic development to North Carolina."

One of the greatest benefits of this technology in a warmer southern state like North Carolina is that the system will produce most of its electricity when demand is high in the summer.

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