Progress Energy Carolinas has signed an agreement with Southern Energy and NxGen Power to build, own and operate a 1.3 MW solar photovoltaic array and sell the output to Progress Energy Carolinas for distribution to its customers. The proposed PV array would be located on City of Raleigh property at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant (NRWWTP).
The project, which was approved by the Raleigh City Council, will be the first utility-scale solar power project located on local government property in North Carolina, according to the developers. This is also the fifth and largest solar array project announced by Progress Energy Carolinas, bringing the total amount of solar-generated electricity scheduled to be purchased by the company to more than 5 MW.
The proposed NRWWTP array is expected to come online in early 2010 and will generate about 1.7 million kWh of electricity per year.
SOURCES: Progress Energy, Southern Energy, NxGen Power