Trent River Solar is one of the first to be awarded a 20-year PPA through Duke Energy’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy program.
Also on the rise: 174 Power wins a regulatory OK for its 100MW/400MWh NYC energy storage project, the State Department issues a supply chain warning, and DOE offers millions for cell advancements.
House Bill 951 would lead to a huge procurement of renewables, but is soured by the additions of gigawatt-scale natural gas capacity, reduced regulator authority, and potential multi-year rate hikes.
The 6.9 MW/10 MWh Grissom solar and storage project will provide energy to the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation under a long-term power contract.
The fourth edition of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Solar in the Southeast report shows that Florida has passed North Carolina in total installed capacity, while South Carolina has passed its northern neighbor in the context of a solar watts per customer ratio.
The utility’s proposal is being introduced to support a statewide goal of having 80,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.
Duke along with community and environmental groups find themselves as unlikely allies as state officials deem a 5 MW installation to be expensive and unnecessary.
The plan would yield $7.2 billion of cost savings, says a filing from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and other groups, in comparison with Duke Energy’s least-cost resource plan.
An unpredictable year saw the utility add 5,500 residential and commercial solar systems in North Carolina, contract for the largest floating solar system in the Southeast, and add three major players to the company’s Green Source Advantage program.
Under Duke Energy’s current review process, interconnection queues grew to 14 GW in North and South Carolina last year. A new process should speed interconnection reviews, and enable projects located near each other to share the costs of transmission upgrades.
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