SunEnergy1 launches panel installation at 52-MW Duke Energy solar park
Oct 14, 2014 - US solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm SunEnergy1 has started panel installation at utility Duke Energy Corp’s (NYSE:DUK) 52-MW Capital Partners solar park in North Carolina.
About 92,000 panels for the first 20-MW phase of the project were supplied by Chinese solar products maker JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd (NYSE:JKS), Duke Energy said Monday. The photovoltaic (PV) plant is owned by the utility’s unit Duke Energy Renewables and will be its 14th solar facility in North Carolina.
The 52-MW Capital Partners solar farm will consist of 243,000 panels that will be installed at three different sites. Its first phase near Elizabeth County is to be brought online by end-2014, while the whole PV complex is seen to be operational next year, generating about 123 million kWh of power annually.
At the end of June, Duke Energy signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital for the output of the 52-MW park. The 20-year contract resulted from a competitive bidding process.
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