Duke Energy Carolinas has filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, asking for approval to implement a $100 million solar distributed generation program at up to 850 North Carolina sites.
If the program is approved by regulators, Duke Energy Carolinas will spend two years installing approximately 20 MW of distributed solar generation on rooftops of customer businesses and homes, or on ground sites within the company's North Carolina service area.
‘We believe an initiative of this scope and scale will help us meet the requirement of North Carolina's new renewable and energy efficiency portfolio standard,’ says Keith Trent, group executive and chief strategy, policy and regulatory officer. ‘This program also will enable us to evaluate the role of distributed generation on our system and gain experience in owning and operating renewable energy resources.’
Duke Energy Carolinas would own and operate the equipment, and the power produced by each installation would be used to serve the utility's customers. Customers who agree to place solar panels at their location would be rewarded based on the size of the installation and the amount of energy it produces.
SOURCE: Duke Energy