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Dec 9, 2014 - The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has given the thumbs-up to 128 MW of solar projects proposed by US utility Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK).
Now Duke Energy will be able to acquire and built the 65-MW Warsaw, the 40-MW Elm City and the 23-MW Fayetteville solar plants in the eastern part of North Carolina, the utility said on Monday. The biggest project of the three, developed by Strata Solar, will be constructed in Duplin County. The 40-MW one is planned for Wilson County and the 23-MW scheme will be located in Bladen County.
Duke Energy expects to initiate construction of the three parks at the start of 2015 and to complete them by end-2015.
The three projects are part of Duke Energy's USD-500-million (EUR 406m) solar expansion unveiled in September for a total 278 MW. The additional capacity will allow the company to diversify its energy fleet and meet North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS).
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