Duke Energy Unit Proposes Solar Installations

Duke Energy Unit Proposes Solar Installations

A unit of Duke Energy Corp. wants to spend about $100 million to install solar panels to generate electricity at as many as 850 sites.

The proposal, filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, aims to install the panels at schools, homes, stores and factories.

If approved, Duke Energy Carolinas would spend two years installing the panels, which will add about 16 megawatts of power, enough to power more than 2,600 homes, the company said.

Over the life of the program, it will increase the average customer’s bill by no more than 25 cents a month, Duke said.

The plan helps Duke satisfy the state’s requirement that 12.5 percent of its power come from renewables or energy efficiency projects by 2021.

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