Duke Energy gets approval for 5-MW landfill solar project in N Carolina
Millfield solar park, North Carolina. Author: PRNewsFoto/Duke Energy
US utilities group Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) has secured approval from North Carolina regulators for a 5-MW project to be located on a closed landfill in Woodfin, Buncombe County.
The company said on Wednesday that the NC Utilities Commission has cleared the project to proceed to construction.
Duke Energy will own and operate the solar power plant, its first to be located on a retired county landfill. Scheduled to go live by the end of 2021, the facility will be connected to the Duke Energy Progress power grid.
The utility will lease the land from the county at no cost under a 25-year agreement. Buncombe County will in exchange get the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the solar park to contribute towards its 100% renewable energy goal.
"This innovative project enjoyed great stakeholder and local support and will continue the growth of renewable energy in North Carolina," said Duke Energy's North Carolina president Stephen De May.
The company explained that the solar racking system will be built on concrete blocks, so that the ground covering is not disturbed.