Duke Energy Renewables expands Beaufort County solar project


Duke Energy Renewables begins construction of a 5 MW solar power project in North Carolina.

Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy’s Commercial Business, has begun construction of a 5MW solar project in Beaufort County, N.C. The 27,450-panel project will be constructed by SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering, and construction firm based in Mooresville, N.C. The new project is an addition to the 12.5 MW Washington White Post solar facility. When totaling both phases, the White Post solar project will be the largest system in North Carolina, according to Kenny Kabul, CEO of SunEnergy1.

The project will generate enough electricity to power approximately 1,000 homes. The electricity generated at the Washington White Post II site will be sold to North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) through a 15-year agreement. 

Greg Wolf, President of Duke Energy Renewables, said: “The Washington White Post II Solar Power Project brings together the same top-tier team that worked on the original solar facility. We appreciate working with a community committed to bringing economic development and renewable, emissions-free energy to eastern North Carolina.”

Kenny Kabul added: “The project has brought tremendous investment and job creation to Beaufort county. We at SunEnergy1 are very proud to be partnered with Duke and applaud their continued commitment to renewable solar power”.

Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than $3 billion to grow its commercial wind and solar business. The company’s wind and solar farms have a combined electric-generating capacity of more than 1,700 MW. This solar project is Duke Energy Renewables its 17th fully owned commercial solar farm. The project will be completed by the end of 2013.