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Duke Energy Begins Expansion of Its Beaufort County Solar Project

Published on 10 Sep 2013
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions 
Sept. 9, 2013 - Duke Energy Renewables has begun construction of a 5-megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power project in Beaufort County, N.C., near Bath and Washington.

"The Washington White Post II Solar Power Project brings together the same top-tier team that worked on the original solar facility," said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. "We appreciate working with a community committed to bringing economic development and renewable, emissions-free energy to eastern North Carolina."

As in the initial project, the solar energy generated from the Washington White Post II site will be sold through a 15-year agreement to North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA).

"NCEMPA is pleased to be collaborating on another solar project with Duke Energy Renewables," said Andrew Fusco, director of planning for ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. "The first Washington White Post project was very successful, and Duke Energy Renewables and SunEnergy1 have proven to be dependable business partners."

Duke Energy Renewables has contracted with SunEnergy1 to build the 27,450-panel photovoltaic project. It should be complete by the end of 2013 and will generate enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes.

"The Duke Energy-owned White Post solar project, at more than 17MW when totaling both phases, will be the largest system in North Carolina," said Kenny Habul, CEO of SunEnergy1. "The project has brought tremendous investment and job creation to Beaufort county. We at SunEnergy1 are very proud to be partnered with Duke and applaud their continued commitment to renewable solar power."

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