Duke Energy Renewables began construction of a 5 MW utility-scale solar power project in Beaufort County, N.C., near Bath and Washington, adjacent to its 12.5 MW Washington White Post facility.
As in the initial project, the solar energy generated from the Washington White Post II site will be sold through a 15-year agreement to North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA).
Duke Energy Renewables has contracted with SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering and construction company based in Mooresville, N.C., to build the 27,450-panel photovoltaic project. It should be complete by the end of 2013 and will generate enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes.
The Washington White Post II Solar Power Project is Duke Energy Renewables’ 17th wholly-owned commercial solar farm. In addition to its 12.5 MW sister site in Beaufort County and the 5 MW Murfreesboro Solar Power Project, also in eastern North Carolina, Duke Energy Renewables owns six 1 MW solar facilities in the western part of the state.