Duke Energy is seeking 680 MW of new renewable energy capacity in the Carolinas

US utility Duke Energy is looking to add 680 MW of renewable energy in the Carolinas to increase its diverse energy mix. It filed a request for proposal (RFP) for companies to build large-scale solar or other renewable facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. According to the company, »at peak output, 680 MW of solar capacity can power more than 100,000 homes.« Under North Carolina's competitive bidding provision, Duke Energy will solicit bids for projects totaling 680 MW of new renewable energy capacity. The bids can come from any company, and can be in the form of a power purchase agreement (PPA), utility self-developed facilities or asset acquisitions. Duke Energy is seeking proposals for facilities between 1 and 80 MW and capable of being placed in service prior 2021.
Furthermore, Duke Energy is introducing a new program »to spur the growth of solar energy.« Under the rebate program, residential customers will be eligible for a rebate ¢60 per watt for solar energy systems 10 kW or less. For example, a typical rooftop array of 8 kW would be eligible for a $4,800 rebate. Installed systems 10 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $6,000.
Nonresidential customers would be eligible for ¢50 per watt. Nonprofit customers (such as churches and schools) would be eligible for an enhanced rebate of ¢75 per watt for systems 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for nonresidential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers. The rebates are divided into maximum annual allotments of 20 MW and are on a first-come, first-served basis – depending on when the customer application is submitted.
Duke Energy has more than 2,500 MW of solar capacity connected to its grid, which includes those owned by Duke Energy and those owned and operated by other companies.
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