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Duke Energy begins construction on 22.6-megawatt Cabarrus County solar project
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Duke Energy begins construction on 22.6-megawatt Cabarrus County solar project

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Work began recently on this Duke Energy solar project in Midland at the corner of Wallace Road and Bethel Avenue Extension. It is expected to generate enough electricity for 5,000 homes.

Expanding its rapidly growing clean-energy portfolio, Duke Energy has begun construction on the 22.6-megawatt Speedway Solar power plant in Cabarrus County.

The project will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a new commercial brand that includes Duke Energy Renewables. The project was selected as part of the competitive bidding process established by 2017’s landmark solar legislation in North Carolina.

The power plant will contain about 77,000 Jinko bifacial modules with single-axis tracking. The plant will be on 185 acres in Midland — near the corner of Wallace Road and Bethel Avenue Extension. The facility will power the equivalent of 5,000 homes. It is targeting commercial operation by the end of 2021.

“Duke Energy is making an aggressive push to expand renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and achieve a net-zero carbon goal for 2050,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “An expansion of solar power will be a key element of that effort.”

Under North Carolina’s Competitive Procurement for Renewable Energy, proposed projects must be built where there is a need for energy capacity on the Duke Energy system in North Carolina or South Carolina. The bids can come from any company, including Duke Energy, and can be in the form of power purchase agreements (PPA), utility self-developed facilities or utility asset acquisitions.

“We’re pleased to be able to add more clean energy resources to the state. This facility will not only address the increasing clean energy needs of our communities but will also deliver significant economic benefits to Cabarrus County,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions.

During peak construction, Speedway Solar will employ about 70 workers. Along with indirect economic benefits that accompany solar project development, such as increased local spending in the service and construction industries, Speedway Solar will also have a positive economic impact on the local community by providing local tax revenue to the county and local school districts, as well as meaningful payments to the participating landowners.

Other details:

Newest solar project selected through rigorous competitive bidding process in N.C.

Joins more than 40 other Duke Energy solar plants in the state.

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