Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking bids from solar power companies to supply solar panels, electrical equipment and installation services as part of the utility's proposed $100 million North Carolina solar plan.
Starting in early 2009, Duke Energy plans to install photovoltaic panels at up to 850 North Carolina sites, including homes, schools, office buildings, shopping malls, warehouses and large manufacturing facilities – both on roofs and on the ground. Electricity generated through the program would total at least 16 MW.
The proposal, first announced in June, requires approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission before it can be implemented. Duke Energy would own and, through contractors, install and maintain the solar panels. The utility also would own the electricity generated, which would be sent to the electrical grid.
Companies interested in bidding on the project can visit Duke Energy's renewable energy Web page HERE and then click on ‘North Carolina Solar Distributed Generation Program.’
SOURCE: Duke Energy