ESA Renewables has completed a 1.26 MW photovoltaic array in New Bern, N.C. The system was built and will be operated by ESA Renewables. Progress Energy Carolinas will purchase the electricity it generates to serve the utility's customers.
This solar PV project is part of the utility's plan to meet the requirements of North Carolina's renewable portfolio standard. Progress Energy has more than 240 MW of renewable energy under contract in North Carolina to help meet the requirements of this law.
The New Bern solar array will generate about 1.5 GWh of electricity annually, according to ESA Renewables. It uses polycrystalline modules from Canadian Solar and covers approximately 177,160 square feet of roof area.