Duke Energy Renewables
Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Portfolio, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy solutions, helping utilities, electric cooperatives and municipalities deliver affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy to customers throughout the United States.
By developing renewable and clean energy technologies, we're working to reduce our company's environmental footprint. Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than $4 billion to grow our portfolio of wind and solar power projects. We're also developing an expertise in advanced technologies – like our groundbreaking Notrees Battery Storage Project – to help us expand the use of renewable energy and become even more efficient at serving our customers.
As well as operating its own assets, the business offers operations and maintenance services to third-party renewables operators through Duke Energy Renewable Services. Operations and maintenance of renewables sites is supported by the sophisticated Renewable Energy Monitoring Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which uses powerful and secure technology to optimize performance at wind and solar power plants across the country.
We now own and operate about 2,500 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy:
- 2,100 MW wind power
- 400 MW solar power
Nearly all of the energy produced by Duke Energy Renewables' wind and solar projects is sold through long-term agreements with utilities, electric cooperatives, businesses and municipalities.
View a map of our wind and solar locations. (pdf, 169 KB)
We consider many factors when building wind and solar projects. We select sites that have:
- Abundant wind and solar resources at the site
- Favorable federal and state policies for renewable energy
- Land available for lease
- Minimal environmental impact
- A local need for renewable energy generation
- The ability to connect to the power grid
Before building, we must also secure permits for each project, determine that the project is financially viable and has a favorable risk profile, and secure a power purchaser. Prior to construction, we sign contracts to sell the electricity produced by each wind or solar farm. Often, our renewable energy projects help utilities, municipalities or businesses meet their renewable energy goals.
Duke Energy Renewables invests in more than just clean energy. Our wind and solar farms:
- Create jobs, particularly during construction
- Generate valuable tax revenue year after year to the communities that host our renewable power projects
- Provide a steady, supplemental source of revenue for participating land owners
- Help reduce dependence on conventional sources of electricity.
Investing in renewable energy is one way Duke Energy is working to reduce our environmental footprint. Wind and solar farms generate zero-emission electricity, reducing the threat of climate change – the biggest threat to our planet's biodiversity.
And as we grow our portfolio, Duke Energy Renewables is committed to avoiding and minimizing any impact that our wind and solar farms have on area habitats and wildlife. From our preliminary biological surveys to ongoing avian monitoring, we carefully study our project sites and work closely with government wildlife resource agencies to ensure our wind and solar power projects operate in harmony with the surrounding environment.