Duke Energy developing 5-MW solar project on North Carolina landfill
North Carolina regulators recently approved construction of Duke Energy’s 5 MW solar power project in Buncombe County, the first company to be placed on a retired landfill in the county.
Duke Energy will own and operate the 5 MW solar power plant at the Buncombe County closed landfill in Woodfin, near Interstate 26 and the French Broad River.
“This innovative project has enjoyed strong support from stakeholders and local parties and will continue the growth of renewable energy in North Carolina,” said Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina.
The plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2021 and will produce enough energy annually to power approximately 1,000 households and businesses.
“The people of Buncombe County recognize climate protection as one of the most pressing issues facing our world today,” said Brownie Newman, chairman of the County Board of Commission. “The solar landfill project is an important part of our initial strategy to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy. We are excited to see it move forward. “
The new solar power plant will help meet the county’s 2030 renewable energy targets while providing power to Duke Energy Progress customers in the Carolinas. Under a 25-year agreement, the county will lease the land to Duke Energy and achieve nearly 20% of its renewable goal with locally produced clean energy.
The buncombe landfill site stopped operating in 1996. To avoid ground cover disturbance, the solar rack system will use concrete ballasts rather than being anchored to the ground. Underground cabling is kept to a minimum.
The project will be situated on 25 hectares and will be connected to the electricity grid of Duke Energy Progress. If Buncombe County wants to take the solar energy generated towards its 100% renewable energy target, it will own the Duke Energy power plant’s renewable energy certificates (REC) to offset the energy consumption of the county’s operations. . In return, Buncombe County allows Duke Energy to use the property at no charge.
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