Spotlight on renewable energy
Duke Energy continues to add more solar and wind energy to our generation mix – incorporating more renewable resources for the benefit of our customers. Major projects announced in 2015 include:
- In Florida, Duke Energy is developing solar projects that will provide up to 500 MW of solar capacity over the next 10 years. The company also announced a one-of-a-kind 5-MW solar facility at Walt Disney World® – shaped like a “not-so-hidden-Mickey.”
- In Indiana, the company is partnering with the Navy to develop a 17-MW solar facility at Crane Naval Base, which will be the second largest in the state.
- In North Carolina, Duke Energy continues a major solar expansion – completing 141 MW of capacity at four facilities – including one at the Camp Lejeune military base.
- In South Carolina, the company introduced several options for customers to participate in solar, including a solar rebate program for customers who install up to 1 MW of solar on their property.
The company’s commercial entity, Duke Energy Renewables, brought 10 solar projects on line in 2015, eight in North Carolina and two in California – totaling about 200 MW.
Duke Energy Renewables also added more than 400 MW to its wind portfolio in 2015 with three projects in Texas. The total amount of wind power the company operates now stands at about 2,000 MW.
Duke Energy built two 2-MW battery-based energy storage systems at its retired W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power plant in Ohio. This continues the company’s exploration of energy storage solutions and their potential for broad adoption.
The company acquired a majority interest in California-based REC Solar, a provider of rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems for commercial-scale customers. REC Solar is partnering with Green Charge Networks, also in California, to augment solar energy with energy storage systems, increasing savings for customers.