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Duke Energy unit completes 4 N.C. solar farms

Duke Energy's solar power lab in Catawba County tests different types of collectors, arrays, and alignment mechanisms.
Duke Energy's solar power lab in Catawba County tests different types of collectors, arrays, and alignment mechanisms. jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

Duke Energy Renewables said Wednesday it has completed four solar farms in North Carolina and has three under construction, including the largest solar project east of the Mississippi.

The completed farms have a combined capacity of 30 megawatts. They are in the Eastern North Carolina towns of Creswell, Everetts, Battleboro and Sunbury. Energy from the farms will be sold to Dominion NC Power.

The three more farms under construction will add 132 megawatts.

Among them is an 80-megawatt project in the Edgecombe County town of Conetoe. Duke is negotiating with potential customers for the power.

Energy from a 32-megawatt farm will go to George Washington University, American University and George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Mooresville-based SunEnergy 1 is building the projects.

Duke Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, already owns 105 megawatts of solar capacity in the state. With the new additions, its solar investments in North Carolina will total more than $500 million.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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