602 MW of Carolina solar, Europe put $30 billion into wind in 2018, and more

In today’s EGEB: Duke Energy announces contracts for 602 megawatts of Carolina solar. Europe invested $30 billion in wind projects last year. The Trump administration is trying to steer Puerto Rico away from renewables and toward natural gas. Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy announced contracts for 14 utility-scale solar projects in the Carolinas. Duke Energy will produce or purchase a total of 602 MW of renewable energy through North Carolina’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy (CPRE) program. The rest will be built by other developers, with 10 projects in North Carolina and 4 in South Carolina total. North Carolina’s competitive bidding structure for solar allows bids to come from any company, including utilities like Duke Energy. Duke Energy recently proposed a $76 million initiative for electric vehicle charging in North Carolina. On the flip side, the company is appealing a decision which would force them to excavate coal ash from its coal-burning sites in the state.

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