Stony Knoll facility will produce 22.6MW of carbon-free electricity
Largest solar power plant in North Carolina County
CHARLOTTE, NC – Duke Energy continues to expand solar power in North Carolina with its 22.6 megawatt (MW) Stony Knoll Solar Power Plant in Surry County, now in operation.
The project is owned and operated by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS). The project was selected through the competitive bidding process established by North Carolina’s 2017 solar legislation.
The solar plant contains 76,600 panels with single axis tracking. The plant is located on 195 acres in Dobson, North Carolina near Rockford Road. The installation will power the equivalent of 5,000 homes.
“In addition to our many renewable energy projects across the country, North Carolina continues to be fertile ground for solar power,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “With the help of our partners in Surry County, we have brought the county’s largest solar power plant online.”
The design of the installation and the construction of the project were carried out by SOLV Energy. The solar power generated by the project will be delivered under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
North Carolina is fourth in the nation for all solar energy. The outlook is bright for more solar power in the future as Duke Energy develops a draft Carolinas carbon plan, which will be submitted to regulators in May.
“Solar power continues to play a vital role in our clean energy transition,” said Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina. “We expect renewable energy to experience significant growth in the years to come as we focus on meeting our customers’ increasingly clean energy needs.”
A leader in renewable energies
Duke Energy leads the largest clean energy transformation in the United States. It maintains more than 4,200 MW of solar power on its energy grid in North Carolina, which could power about 800,000 homes and businesses at peak power. The company also operates more than 40 solar installations in the state. With nuclear, hydro and renewables, more than half of North Carolina’s energy mix is carbon free.
Sustainable solutions Duke Energy
Sustainable solutions Duke Energy is a leader in sustainable energy, helping large companies reduce energy costs, reduce emissions and increase resilience. The team provides wind, solar, and resilient backup power and managed energy services to more than 1,000 projects across the United States, with a total electrical capacity of more than 5,100 megawatts of unregulated renewable energy. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is an unregulated trademark of Duke Energy, a Fortune 150 company and one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. The brand includes the following Duke Energy Corporation subsidiaries that are registered to do business in various states and may be branded as Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions for marketing purposes: Duke Energy One, Inc.; Duke Energy Commercial Enterprises, Inc.; Duke Energy Renewables, Inc.; Duke Energy Renewables Commercial, LLC; Duke Energy Renewable Services, LLC. ; Duke Energy Renewables Storage, LLC; Duke Energy Renewables Wind, LLC. ; Duke Energy Renewables Solar, LLC. ; and REC Solar Commercial Corporation.
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