Progress Energy Carolinas' 1.2 MW solar array, located near Wilmington, N.C., has begun producing electricity.
The photovoltaic solar energy system was financed and built, and is owned and operated by, SunEdison. Progress Energy will purchase electricity from SunEdison under a 20-year solar power agreement. This is the first project for SunEdison and Progress Energy.
Progress Energy notes that in December, a 1 MW solar array built by software company SAS on its Cary, N.C., campus began producing electricity. A third megawatt-sized facility is expected to come online in western North Carolina this year. That facility also will sell energy to Progress Energy for distribution to customers.
Progress Energy is evaluating additional solar proposals in North Carolina and expects to move forward with new contracts this year.
SOURCE: Progress Energy