Duke Energy to build solar plant
in Bladen County
announced Monday plans to build a solar
power plant in Bladen County as part of a
$500 million investment in solar power in
The plant will be
constructed on 120 acres off N.C. 87 near
the Bladen and Cumberland county lines, and
will have 105,000 solar panels, the company
said. Construction is expected to begin
early in 2015, and be in operation before
the end of year, the company said.
The news about the Bladen County plant came
as Duke Energy announced plans to build
solar facilities in Duplin and Wilson
counties, and also signed power-purchase
agreements with five new solar projects in
The Bladen County
project is expected to produce about 48
megawatts annually, which would be enough
power for more than 4,000 homes per year,
according to the company.
facility owned by Duke Energy is expected to
produce about 23 megawatts annually and will
be developed by Tangent Energy Solutions.
Duke Energy also will purchase about 48
megawatts from an agreement with Innovative
Solar Systems involving Bladen County
Along with its Bladen
County plant, Duke Energy will own a 65
megawatt facility in Duplin County developed
by Strata Solar, which will be the largest
solar photovoltaic plant east of the
Mississippi River, and a 40 megawatt plant
in Wilson County developed by HelioSage
agreements that Duke Energy announced Monday
48 megawatts in Richmond
County developed by FLS Energy.
megawatts in Scotland County developed by
Birdseye Renewable Energy.
in Cleveland County developed by Birdseye
15 megawatts in
Beauford County developed by Element Power
Together, the eight projects are
expected to have a capacity of 278 megawatts
annually, the company said. In addition,
Duke Energy has signed 33 other agreements
in North Carolina in 2014 for projects
totaling 109 megawatts of capacity.