Duke Energy is making big plans for solar expansion in North Carolina. The company has embarked on a $500 million commitment to expand solar in the state. This includes building, owning and operating solar facilities in Duplin, Bladen and Wilson counties. The facilities are expected to be in service by the end of 2015 to meet the energy needs of our customers.
We’re working with large business customers to develop solutions to help meet their energy needs. A 13-megawatt solar project at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County will enable the Department of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to meet critical renewable energy and energy security goals, while helping Duke Energy expand solar energy in the state. This facility is expected to be in service by the end of the year providing more solar energy to our customers.
Duke Energy supports state-level organizations that promote renewable energy development. The company is a sponsor of NC GreenPower, a nonprofit organization that connects individuals and organizations to renewable energy projects.
Residents of North Carolina can qualify for incentives for solar development, including a 35 percent state energy tax credit and a 30 percent federal investment tax credit that offset the installation cost of solar systems.
North Carolina is among the top states in the nation for the amount of solar power that's on our state's electric grid. We have more than 2,600 customers using rooftop solar panels in the state. More than 5,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects are being proposed by solar developers. Our regulated utilities purchase almost 700 megawatts of solar energy to meet customers’ energy needs.
Our customers are looking for ways to take advantage of solar resources, and we are committed to offering them more options.
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