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Solar energy is an important part of our nation's energy future - and its present.

More and more people across the U.S. are looking for greater renewable energy choices, and solar plays an increasingly important role in the way Duke Energy provides electricity to our customers. Already, it's helping homeowners, businesses and governments meet part of their energy needs. And as the cost of solar installations continues to decrease nationwide, it's easier for customers to choose solar. show more

Duke Energy is committed to promoting and using cost-effective solar energy and other renewable energy choices. Solar power complements our other sources of energy, such as nuclear, coal and gas-fired power plants, which meet customers' energy needs when the sun isn't shining.
  • In our six-state service territory, Duke Energy customers receive energy from 400 megawatts of solar capacity generated by more than 4,000 solar installations in the six states we serve, including 50 megawatts from rooftop solar installations.
  • Duke Energy Carolinas has invested $41 million to pilot a solar program that involves homes, schools and businesses. That program produces as much as 10 megawatts of distributed solar power.
  • Duke Energy Carolinas provides a renewable energy rate for large customers - for example, manufacturers, data centers, college campuses and big-box retailers - who wish to offset some or all of their energy requirements with new renewable energy, including solar and wind.
  • Since 2007, one of our commercial businesses has invested more than $3 billion in wind and solar facilities nation-wide. Duke Energy Renewables owns and operates more than 20 solar farms in eight states totaling more than 140 megawatts of power generation. Taken together, its wind and solar projects are in 12 states.
All these efforts are a good start, but there is more to do. We know solar energy is important to the energy future of every state we serve. It's the reason we're working with state leaders and others who care about this resource to make sure solar continues to grow in a way that's fair for everyone. Our customers want more renewable energy choices, and we are committed to providing those in an affordable and sustainable way. show less

A powerful new direction

Duke Energy's recent decision to commit $500 million for solar power in North Carolina is just one of the initiatives Rob Caldwell, senior vice president, Distributed Energy Resources, is leading to grow the company's renewable-power portfolio. He is also working on how renewables interact with the electric grid and how the company needs to prepare.
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Reaching consensus on major solar issue in South Carolina

Solar net metering has been hotly debated across the nation. In South Carolina, Duke Energy worked with a diverse, broad group of stakeholders, including environmental and solar businesses, to craft an agreement that is being embraced by all. Itís part of our effort to spur solar power for all customers in the Palmetto State.
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Infographic: Solar 101

Solar energy has become an increasingly viable and important part of the energy mix across the U.S. See the latest statistics about this renewable power source.
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