Duke Power Investing In Distributed Solar Generation Scheme


Rooftop solar installation. Image credit:Earth2Tech

Via Industry Week we learned that Duke Power now has permission from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to move on a novel investment strategy for renewable energy production. Over the next 2 years, Duke will install up to 400 roof-top solar panel installations in the South Carolina service area (a downward adjustment from the proposal we first heard about last year in Mikes' post: Duke Energy Announces 20 Megawatt Solar Power Project in North-Carolina). Duke's 'Eastern strategy' of going for distributed solar power is remarkably different than the large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) projects being planned across the Western half of the nation.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has permitted Duke Energy to proceed with its $50 million proposal to install solar panels on the roofs and grounds of homes, schools, office buildings, shopping malls, warehouses and industrial plants, starting later this year.

Collectively, the solar sites will generate enough electricity to power 1,300 homes, the company said. The electricity will flow directly from the solar sites to the electrical grid that serves all customers...It will pay a rental fee to property owners who host the panels for use of their roofs or land, based on the size of the installation and amount of electricity generated at any given site.

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