Duke Energy Proposes $76 Million for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in North Carolina

Duke Energy has asked the North Carolina Utility Commission to approve a $76 million electric vehicle pilot program, which would dramatically increase the number of charging stations in North Carolina. On March 29, Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) and Duke Energy Progress (DEP) announced a filing with the North Carolina Utility Commission for the largest Electric Vehicle (EV) Pilot in the region, which would invest $76 million dollars in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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Working From Home? Solar Might Be Perfect for You

Article | July 8, 2022

The pandemic emptied out most of America’s offices as workers across the country set up home workstations. Although this looked to be a temporary situation for many, it has become clear that many workers are choosing to continue to work from home, and many businesses are embracing this concept as well. If you’re one of those individuals, you may want to consider adding solar to your home. A shift in power usage According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, “Americans spent $6 billion more on at-home power consumption from April to July 2020 than during normal times, nearly offsetting a decline in business and industrial demand.” The increase in residential consumption was fueled by increased home heating and cooling demands, workers participating in virtual meetings, running computers, printers, lamps, and other electronic devices all day long. This has resulted in a shift in energy costs from corporations to employees, with many workers seeing significant increases in their home utility bills. Capitalizing on higher demand to maximize your system size Solar can be a great way to offset the costs of your home's energy demands. Because your consumption is currently higher than it would be if you were working at your company's office, you have the ability to install a system that will more than cover your electricity needs if and when you do return to a corporate office setting. Although your increased usage means you'll need to add a more extensive solar photovoltaic system to your home to do this, it also provides you with an opportunity to maximize your system's size to meet your needs. Incentives and savings The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 26 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. However, that number falls to 22 percent in 2023 and goes away in 2024 for residential projects, while commercial projects are reduced to 10 percent ongoing. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems and there is no cap to the size of the system the ITC can be applied to. Making plans now to invest in a solar PV system for your home can be a great way to continue to reap the rewards of working from home without it having a significant negative impact on your monthly utility bill.

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How viable is Underground Hydrogen Storage?

Article | August 16, 2022

Cleaner energy resources are the dire need of the hour and this is a known fact. While scientists and experts across the planet are striving hard to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, our energy needs have never faced a downfall- thanks to rapid industrialization and urbanization. Although renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydro-electric power are the most popular alternatives, these are seasonal energy sources and the energy production from the same will not be similar all around the year. The fluctuations in production hence cannot always meet the energy demand of the population, and this makes the renewable energy sources not completely reliable. Solar Production v/s Demand of the same in a year What and How H2 is produced? Now, this is where Hydrogen- the first element of the periodic table comes to the spotlight with a solution. Being a gas, hydrogen fuel can very well cater to our energy needs and is produced from techniques including Thermochemical, Solar-Water splitting, electrolytic and biological processes. While the production of this cleaner energy source leaves a carbon footprint of about 830 million tonnes in the form of CO2 annually, the result being a zero-emission fuel is what makes H2’s future bright. Storage of H2 – the million-dollar question: Having almost cleared the need and methods of producing hydrogen fuel, we will be looking at an area that is usually not given much thought about and that is the storage of H2. As already mentioned, for time being let us consider hydrogen as an alternative to renewable resources which is utilized when the energy demand increases drastically. While producing the fuel in the nick of time is obviously undoable, sufficient storage of H2 anticipating the demand is the best choice. Like Natural Gas, Hydrogen is also compressed before storing to achieve lower volume and also because liquid hydrogen demands a 64% higher amount of energy for storage than its compressed gaseous counterpart. Storage tanks v/s Geological landforms: Compressed Hydrogen can be stored in surface storage vessels (like steel composite concrete vessels and in wind turbine towers) or in geological landforms like (salt caverns, depleted O&G reservoirs, and aquifers). Nevertheless, unlike the underground geological landforms which offer huge storage capacity owing to their sheer scale, the storage tanks which can range in size from a small bottle to a huge tank require high amounts of pressure to store an appreciable amount of H2 in it. Since these storage tanks are usually constructed on the surface, the pressure conditions in these tanks need to be artificially stimulated and thereby mount huge upfront costs when compared to their geological storage counterpart. H2 storage prices in Geological Landforms v/s Storage Vessels (in $/kg) The above is a table comparing the prices of Hydrogen storage in Geological landforms and Storage Vessels at different pressure conditions. It is visible from the table that it's about 218 times cheaper to store the same amount of hydrogen in Geological landforms than in storage vessels. Is geological storage truly a better option? Like any other storage option geological storage too has its pros and cons. From the erosion of pipelines to the tedious task of injecting the gas and maintaining it at apt pressure conditions, geological storage has its limitations. However, the important prerequisite is the availability of the suitable landform itself. While most of the Depleted O&G Reservoirs have already met all the requirements for a suitable Underground Hydrogen Storage (UHS) system, the presence of unrecoverable remnant fluids in it makes it both a boon and a bane. This is because the presence of remnant fluids like oil and gas satisfies the cushion gas need for efficient storage of H2 in the reservoir, chances of contamination of H2 by the same is also high. This is the reason why Aquifers too aren’t favorable underground landforms when it comes to hydrogen storage. Salt Caverns- the best UHS System? The problem of Hydrogen contamination in Depleted Oil & Gas reservoirs and aquifers leaves us to the next big suitable subsurface landform- salt caverns. Unlike the other two landforms, the problem of contamination can be prevented in these dome-like structures formed due to the upliftment of salt deposits and it is also found that about 98% of its storage efficiency can be used to store Hydrogen here. The reason behind its relatively expensive nature when compared to its other two counterparts is due to the process of salt removing or leaching that must be done before storing to ensure that the contamination of the gas is unheard of at least here. Suitable Conditions of UHS: As per Stefan Iglauer, the maximum amount of H2 can be stored at a depth of 1100m beneath the Earth’s surface and the capacity gradually decreases up until 3700 m depth beyond which the wettability of the gas increases as it percolates through the rocks and hence cannot be permanently immobilized. Conclusively it is found that suitable landforms formed at 1km depth can store up to 2.0 Mt of H2. Comparing this 2 MT storage capacity of Salt Caverns with the currently available storage tanks which can store about 800 kg of H2 in it, it is visible that geological landforms have a clear upper hand at least when it comes to storage capacity. Future of UHS: With demands for Hydrogen fuel estimated to grow at 5.48 % annually and the need for a suitable storage system of the same at 5.8% annually, the field of Underground Hydrogen Storage systems indeed has a bright scope. Moreover, to meet the large-scale needs of Industries, there is an imminent need to level up the storage capacity of H2 and by exploring suitable geological landforms across the globe, the estimated industrial need of 1200 kT/ year in 2050 can be met.

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AI in the Renewable Energy Sector: Investment Perspective

Article | July 15, 2022

As the worldwide use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the energy market is expected to reach $7.78 billion by 2024, with a CAGR of 22.49% from 2019 to 2024, it is easy to see why it's a popular topic on the minds of many leading brands in the energy sector, as well as investors looking to reap the future perks that AI could bring to the energy industry. According to BIS Research, North America is expected to be the largest market for AI in energy through 2024. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to rise rapidly over the same time due to the rising need for more decentralized power production. Investment Opportunities in AI-based Energy Industry: Economic Visibility AI's economic viability and progress in the energy business can be attributed to numerous factors, including: The desire to increase operational efficiency. Increased interest in energy efficiency. Decentralized electricity generation is being expanded. Battery storage solutions are gaining popularity. Since artificial intelligence has a wide range of applications, there are several investment opportunities in the energy industry. Upstream Oil and Gas Enhance efficiency and decrease downtime, which is critical for hydrocarbon companies owing to volatile oil prices and demand, to lessen the environmental implications of energy generation and consumption. AI Chatbots AI has the potential to enhance interactions between contact centers and consumers. Utilities that outsource to contact center providers can suffer significant fees. This is where AI, particularly when combined with natural language processing (NLP), can assist contact center operators by listening to conversations and automatically noting information in the appropriate apps, helping operators to make calls more reliable, effective, and satisfying to customers. Smart Homes and Cities AI integration benefits smart meters and smart energy management systems as well. Many residences and towns can utilize AI to collect real-time data and apply it in a number of ways to function more effectively and efficiently, enhancing sustainability while also making a living more comfortable and cities more accessible. Monitoring Trends in Energy Generation and Consumption Artificial intelligence is being utilized to assist energy companies and customers in recognizing and tracking patterns in energy generation and consumption. AI, for example, can predict the potential output of a certain wind or solar plant. Closing Lines Banking, finance, and trade are some of the suitable businesses that can profit. For example, AI and machine learning can be used in algorithmic trading, which involves utilizing computer programs to make trades in the energy business at speeds and frequencies that any human trader would consider inconceivable.

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The Role of AI Technology in the Renewable Energy Sector

Article | July 16, 2022

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are two of the most commonly used commercial phrases these days. As a result, companies across sectors are searching for methods to include them in order to optimize and automate their key operations. The energy sector is no exception! Indeed, throughout the years, renewable energy industries (wind, solar, hydro, nuclear) have substantially gained from the potential of machine learning. They were able to reduce their expenses, make better projections, and raise the rate of return on their portfolio. And this tendency is just going to gain momentum. If your company is in the energy industry or utilizes a lot of power, machine learning and AI can help you improve your business performance. But how precisely? Let's get started. Ways in Which AI and Machine Learning are Changing Energy Sector There are a few methods that machine learning and AI can be applied to positively improve the energy industry. Here are a few popular applications currently under development. Predictive Maintenance AI helps match energy output with demand and ensure power grid stability and resilience.In 2003, a low-hanging high-voltage electricity line hit an overgrown tree in Ohio, causing a widespread blackout. There was no power system alarm and no sign of the incident. The electric company didn't notice until three additional power lines failed. This carelessness ultimately brought down the whole grid. The 50 million-person blackout lasted two days. Eleven individuals died, and $6 billion was lost. Predictive maintenance can be implemented using machine learning and IoT Sensors gather operational time series data from electricity lines, equipment, and stations (data accompanied by a timestamp). Machine learning algorithms can then forecast when a component will fail (or n-steps). It can also anticipate machinery's remaining usable life or future breakdown. These algorithms detect machine failure, eliminate blackouts or downtimes, improve maintenance procedures, and reduce maintenance expenses. Grid Management Grid management is a promising AI application in energy. Complex networks distribute electricity to users (also known as the power grid). Generation and demand must always match in the electrical system. Other issues, like blackouts and system breakdowns, can occur. Despite being ancient, pumped hydroelectric storage is the most common way to store energy. It operates by moving water upwards and letting it fall into turbines. Renewable energy makes predicting the grid's power generation challenging. After all, it is affected by a variety of things, like sunlight and wind. Demand Response Large demand shifts can be expensive for nations that depend on renewable energy. As nations migrate to green energy, it's harder to adapt to demand fluctuations. Germany plans to use 80% renewable energy by 2050. Countries such as Germany will encounter two major challenges Demand fluctuations: On some days or times of the year, power consumption soars (on Christmas, for example) Weather volatility: Without wind or clear skies, it might be hard to meet electrical demand. In both circumstances, more stations or fossil fuel-powered facilities must meet demand Solving demand response issues Many nations are partnering with businesses to examine weather forecasts, power demand, etc. Germany's EWeLiNE project forecasts wind and solar energy at a specific moment. This enables the government to use non-renewable energy to meet additional power demand. They utilize enormous historical data sets to train machine learning algorithms, as well as data from wind turbines or solar panels, to properly balance supply and demand. Closing Lines AI increases the potential of humans. Several renewable energy producers are investing in artificial intelligence to boost their businesses.There are numerous uses of artificial intelligence in renewable energy. The fundamental purpose of AI integrated systems is to reduce forecasting issues and incorporate renewable energy into the central energy grid as effectively as possible. AI can also assist renewable energy providers in developing successful plans and policies based on present energy consumption and demand.

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Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions announces its first wind energy project in Iowa - 207-MW Ledyard Windpower

Duke Energy | September 22, 2021

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions,* a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy , today announced the construction of the 207-megawatt (MW) Ledyard Windpower project in Kossuth County, Iowa. This will be the company's first renewable energy project in the state. To support Verizon's net-zero goals, it has entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 180 MW of the wind energy generated by Ledyard Windpower. We're excited to enter into the Iowa market, a state that has valuable wind resources and is ranked second in wind energy generation. Ledyard Windpower will not only add cleaner energy and economic value to Kossuth County, but it will also contribute to Duke Energy's goal of reaching 47,000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Once in operation, the Ledyard Windpower project will increase Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions' U.S. wind capacity to over 3,100 MW. The site will provide enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of more than 72,450 U.S. homes. Along with indirect economic benefits that accompany wind project development, such as increased local spending in the service and construction industries, Ledyard Windpower, which is slated to be complete at the end of 2022, will create approximately 200 jobs during peak construction. Additionally, the 12,000 acre agriculture site, which will continue to be used by farmers, will have a positive economic impact on the local community by providing significant local tax revenues during assessment years of commercial operation to the county and local school districts, as well as meaningful payments to participating landowners. Ledyard Windpower was co-developed by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions and Amshore Renewable Energy. Full mobilization of construction for the project began in August 2021 by Wanzek Construction. Vestas will supply 46 Vestas V150 4.5-MW turbines for the project and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will perform the site's long-term maintenance and operations. As one of the nation's top renewable energy providers, this year Duke Energy reached more than 10,000 MW of solar and wind energy, and the company has set a goal of reaching 16,000 MW of renewables by 2025 and 47,000 MW by 2050. About Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) – a Fortune 150 company and one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. – headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a leader in sustainable energy, helping large enterprises reduce power costs, lower emissions, and increase resiliency. The team provides wind, solar, resilient backup power, and managed energy services to over 1,000 projects across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of more than 5,100 megawatts of nonregulated renewable energy.

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Duke Energy Begins Construction on the Maryneal Windpower Project

Duke Energy | July 29, 2021

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions has begun construction on the 182-megawatt (MW) Maryneal Windpower project in Nolan County, Texas, bringing the company's domestic wind capacity to more than 3,000 MW. The arena would generate enough renewable energy to power over 54,000 households. Sprint, now part of T-Mobile, committed to a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the 173.3 MW project's wind production two years ago. “Wind projects like Maryneal assist to build a cleaner, stronger economy and a more diversified energy infrastructure in Texas,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We are thrilled to collaborate with T-Mobile to create employment, improve the local economy, and produce clean energy, all while assisting them in meeting their renewable energy goal.” The project is anticipated to significantly decrease T-carbon Mobile's footprint and match roughly 9% of T-energy Mobile's usage. “Projects like Maryneal Windpower play a huge role in T-commitments Mobile's to fight climate change and bring us another step closer to our goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2021 – even after our merger with Sprint in 2020 nearly doubled our company footprint,” said Brigitta Witt, T-Mobile vice president of Social Impact and Sustainability. “By collaborating with businesses like Duke Energy, we are able to have a beneficial effect not just on the environment but also on the local community — it's a win-win situation for everyone.”

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Duke Energy has Begun Working on the World's Largest Solar Plant in Surry County, North Carolina

Duke Energy | June 23, 2021

Duke Energy is continuing to grow solar power in North Carolina, with the commencement of construction on its 22.6-megawatt (MW) Stony Knoll Solar power plant. It will be the biggest solar energy facility in Surry County when finished. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will own and operate the project. The project was chosen as part of the competitive bidding procedure created by North Carolina's solar law in 2017. Trina Solar bifacial modules with single-axis tracking will be used in the solar project, which will have 76,600 of them. The facility will be built on 195 acres in Dobson, North Carolina, along Rockford Road. The facility will provide enough energy to power 5,000 households. It plans to go commercial before the end of 2021. "Duke Energy is increasing the amount of carbon-free, sustainable power available to North Carolina consumers. We're excited to add Surry County to our ever-expanding list of solar areas as we endeavor to drastically cut carbon emissions on our way to net-zero emissions by 2050 "stated Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy, North Carolina. Proposed projects must be built where there is a need for energy capacity on the Duke Energy system in North Carolina or South Carolina under North Carolina's Competitive Procurement for Renewable Energy. Bids may be submitted by any company, including Duke Energy, and may take the form of power purchase agreements (PPA), utility self-developed facilities, or utility asset acquisitions. "We are excited to continue to expand the state's renewable energy resources. The Stony Knoll solar project is the third facility we've unveiled in North Carolina this year, demonstrating our continued effort to boosting sustainable energy generation in the state "Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions president Chris Fallon stated. Stony Knoll Solar will employ around 70 people during peak construction. Along with the indirect economic benefits that come with solar project development, also including increased local spending in the service and construction industries, Stony Knoll Solar would also have a strong economic impact on the local community by providing local tax revenues to both the county and regional school districts, as well as constructive payments to participating landholders. Through the work of the Duke Energy Foundation, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions also helps the communities in which its facilities and team members are located. The firm gave $10,000 to Copeland Elementary School in Dobson in January to help support the purchase of Chromebooks for pupils. Swinerton Renewable Energy will design the facility, purchase inverters, balance of plant systems, and build the project. Stony Knoll's electricity will be provided under a 20-year power purchase contract with Duke Energy Carolinas. Duke Electricity maintains more than 3,700 MW of solar power on its North Carolina energy system, enough to power about 700,000 homes and businesses at peak production. Throughout addition, the firm runs around 40 solar plants in the state. North Carolina now ranks third in the US in terms of overall solar power. More over half of North Carolina's energy mix is carbon-free, thanks to nuclear, hydro, and renewable energy. Duke Energy, one of the nation's leading renewable energy suppliers, intends to increase its enterprisewide renewables portfolio from 8 gigawatts (GW) to 16 GW by the end of the year 2025. About Duke Energy Sustainalbe Solutions: Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a nonregulated commercial firm of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 corporation located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a pioneer in sustainable energy, assisting big corporations in lowering electricity costs, lowering emissions, and increasing resiliency. The team delivers wind, solar, resilient backup power, and managed energy services to over 1,000 projects throughout the United States, with a cumulative nonregulated renewable energy capacity of far more than 5,100 megawatts. Duke Energy is implementing an aggressive clean energy plan to build a better energy future for its customers and communities, with targets of at least a 50% decrease in carbon emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. The firm is a leading provider of renewable energy in the United States, with plans to operate or buy 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The Duke Energy News Center includes press releases, info sheets, pictures, videos, and other media. Duke Energy's lighting tells tales about individuals, innovations, neighbourhood challenges, and environmental concerns.

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Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions announces its first wind energy project in Iowa - 207-MW Ledyard Windpower

Duke Energy | September 22, 2021

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions,* a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy , today announced the construction of the 207-megawatt (MW) Ledyard Windpower project in Kossuth County, Iowa. This will be the company's first renewable energy project in the state. To support Verizon's net-zero goals, it has entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 180 MW of the wind energy generated by Ledyard Windpower. We're excited to enter into the Iowa market, a state that has valuable wind resources and is ranked second in wind energy generation. Ledyard Windpower will not only add cleaner energy and economic value to Kossuth County, but it will also contribute to Duke Energy's goal of reaching 47,000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Once in operation, the Ledyard Windpower project will increase Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions' U.S. wind capacity to over 3,100 MW. The site will provide enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of more than 72,450 U.S. homes. Along with indirect economic benefits that accompany wind project development, such as increased local spending in the service and construction industries, Ledyard Windpower, which is slated to be complete at the end of 2022, will create approximately 200 jobs during peak construction. Additionally, the 12,000 acre agriculture site, which will continue to be used by farmers, will have a positive economic impact on the local community by providing significant local tax revenues during assessment years of commercial operation to the county and local school districts, as well as meaningful payments to participating landowners. Ledyard Windpower was co-developed by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions and Amshore Renewable Energy. Full mobilization of construction for the project began in August 2021 by Wanzek Construction. Vestas will supply 46 Vestas V150 4.5-MW turbines for the project and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will perform the site's long-term maintenance and operations. As one of the nation's top renewable energy providers, this year Duke Energy reached more than 10,000 MW of solar and wind energy, and the company has set a goal of reaching 16,000 MW of renewables by 2025 and 47,000 MW by 2050. About Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) – a Fortune 150 company and one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. – headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a leader in sustainable energy, helping large enterprises reduce power costs, lower emissions, and increase resiliency. The team provides wind, solar, resilient backup power, and managed energy services to over 1,000 projects across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of more than 5,100 megawatts of nonregulated renewable energy.

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Duke Energy Begins Construction on the Maryneal Windpower Project

Duke Energy | July 29, 2021

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions has begun construction on the 182-megawatt (MW) Maryneal Windpower project in Nolan County, Texas, bringing the company's domestic wind capacity to more than 3,000 MW. The arena would generate enough renewable energy to power over 54,000 households. Sprint, now part of T-Mobile, committed to a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the 173.3 MW project's wind production two years ago. “Wind projects like Maryneal assist to build a cleaner, stronger economy and a more diversified energy infrastructure in Texas,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We are thrilled to collaborate with T-Mobile to create employment, improve the local economy, and produce clean energy, all while assisting them in meeting their renewable energy goal.” The project is anticipated to significantly decrease T-carbon Mobile's footprint and match roughly 9% of T-energy Mobile's usage. “Projects like Maryneal Windpower play a huge role in T-commitments Mobile's to fight climate change and bring us another step closer to our goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2021 – even after our merger with Sprint in 2020 nearly doubled our company footprint,” said Brigitta Witt, T-Mobile vice president of Social Impact and Sustainability. “By collaborating with businesses like Duke Energy, we are able to have a beneficial effect not just on the environment but also on the local community — it's a win-win situation for everyone.”

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Duke Energy has Begun Working on the World's Largest Solar Plant in Surry County, North Carolina

Duke Energy | June 23, 2021

Duke Energy is continuing to grow solar power in North Carolina, with the commencement of construction on its 22.6-megawatt (MW) Stony Knoll Solar power plant. It will be the biggest solar energy facility in Surry County when finished. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will own and operate the project. The project was chosen as part of the competitive bidding procedure created by North Carolina's solar law in 2017. Trina Solar bifacial modules with single-axis tracking will be used in the solar project, which will have 76,600 of them. The facility will be built on 195 acres in Dobson, North Carolina, along Rockford Road. The facility will provide enough energy to power 5,000 households. It plans to go commercial before the end of 2021. "Duke Energy is increasing the amount of carbon-free, sustainable power available to North Carolina consumers. We're excited to add Surry County to our ever-expanding list of solar areas as we endeavor to drastically cut carbon emissions on our way to net-zero emissions by 2050 "stated Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy, North Carolina. Proposed projects must be built where there is a need for energy capacity on the Duke Energy system in North Carolina or South Carolina under North Carolina's Competitive Procurement for Renewable Energy. Bids may be submitted by any company, including Duke Energy, and may take the form of power purchase agreements (PPA), utility self-developed facilities, or utility asset acquisitions. "We are excited to continue to expand the state's renewable energy resources. The Stony Knoll solar project is the third facility we've unveiled in North Carolina this year, demonstrating our continued effort to boosting sustainable energy generation in the state "Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions president Chris Fallon stated. Stony Knoll Solar will employ around 70 people during peak construction. Along with the indirect economic benefits that come with solar project development, also including increased local spending in the service and construction industries, Stony Knoll Solar would also have a strong economic impact on the local community by providing local tax revenues to both the county and regional school districts, as well as constructive payments to participating landholders. Through the work of the Duke Energy Foundation, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions also helps the communities in which its facilities and team members are located. The firm gave $10,000 to Copeland Elementary School in Dobson in January to help support the purchase of Chromebooks for pupils. Swinerton Renewable Energy will design the facility, purchase inverters, balance of plant systems, and build the project. Stony Knoll's electricity will be provided under a 20-year power purchase contract with Duke Energy Carolinas. Duke Electricity maintains more than 3,700 MW of solar power on its North Carolina energy system, enough to power about 700,000 homes and businesses at peak production. Throughout addition, the firm runs around 40 solar plants in the state. North Carolina now ranks third in the US in terms of overall solar power. More over half of North Carolina's energy mix is carbon-free, thanks to nuclear, hydro, and renewable energy. Duke Energy, one of the nation's leading renewable energy suppliers, intends to increase its enterprisewide renewables portfolio from 8 gigawatts (GW) to 16 GW by the end of the year 2025. About Duke Energy Sustainalbe Solutions: Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a nonregulated commercial firm of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 corporation located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a pioneer in sustainable energy, assisting big corporations in lowering electricity costs, lowering emissions, and increasing resiliency. The team delivers wind, solar, resilient backup power, and managed energy services to over 1,000 projects throughout the United States, with a cumulative nonregulated renewable energy capacity of far more than 5,100 megawatts. Duke Energy is implementing an aggressive clean energy plan to build a better energy future for its customers and communities, with targets of at least a 50% decrease in carbon emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. The firm is a leading provider of renewable energy in the United States, with plans to operate or buy 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The Duke Energy News Center includes press releases, info sheets, pictures, videos, and other media. Duke Energy's lighting tells tales about individuals, innovations, neighbourhood challenges, and environmental concerns.

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