Capital Partners Solar Project
At 52 megawatts, the Capital Partners Solar Project will be Duke Energy Renewables’ largest solar power installation. The photovoltaic project represents a unique partnership between three customers - the George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital - that will bring solar power from rural North Carolina to the D.C. institutions’ urban settings. The first 20 MW is under construction in Pasquotank County, near Elizabeth City, and is expected to reach commercial operation by year-end 2014. Two other sites will be constructed in 2015 to complete the project. When fully operational, Capital Partners Solar Project will generate 123 million kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity per year, fueling more than half of the universities’ electricity needs and helping all three institutions meet their carbon neutrality goals.Duke Energy Renewables has 21 operating solar power projects representing about 150 MW of installed solar capacity across eight states. The Capital Partners Solar Project will be the company’s 14th solar installation in North Carolina.
Los Vientos III and IV
Duke Energy Renewables is building two large-scale wind power facilities in South Texas near Rio Grande City in Starr County. The Los Vientos III and IV Windpower Projects will collectively produce 400 megawatts of emissions-free electricity, enough to power about 120,000 homes. Austin Energy will purchase the electricity from the two sites, which will help the utility meet its 35 percent renewable energy goal four years ahead of schedule. In-service dates are expected in 2015 for Los Vientos III and mid-2016 for Los Vientos IV. Benefits to the community include economic development, support of the local school districts, income for landowners and dependable tax revenue. Duke Energy Renewables has 15 operating wind power projects representing about 1,600 MW of installed wind capacity across six states, with five of those projects in Texas. Once in operation, the 400 MW produced by Los Vientos III and IV will bring Duke Energy’s total wind-generated capacity to more than 2,000 MW, which firmly establishes Duke Energy Renewables in the top 10 for wind production in the country.
Pumpjack and Wildwood Solar Power Projects
Located in Kern County near Bakersfield, Calif., Pumpjack and Wildwood are two 20-megawatt (MW) solar projects that will more than double the company’s solar power capacity in California. Duke Energy Renewables also owns the 21-MW Highlander Solar Power Project in Twentynine Palms and the 4.5-MW Sunset Reservoir project in San Francisco.Once the sites reach commercial operation in late 2014, Southern California Edison will purchase the energy generated from the Pumpjack and Wildwood facilities. Completion of the projects will push Duke Energy Renewables’ total U.S. installed solar capacity to 185 MW at 23 utility-scale facilities across the country.
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