Duke Energy Unveils New Solar Panels To Power Area Homes

8:44 AM, Jun 22, 2010   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Almost 7,000 solar panels on the roof of a local industrial building are now providing enough energy to power 200 homes in the Piedmont area.

Duke Energy unveiled the panels on WFMY News 2's The Good Morning Show on Tuesday. The 1.5 megawatt system takes up about 180,000 square feet on the roof of a Highwoods Properties industrial building on Brigham Road near Piedmont Triad International Airport.

The building, inside an area called Enterprise Park II, is one of four sites selected as part of the first phase of Duke's distributed solar generation program in North Carolina and is the largest active rooftop solar panel farm in the state.

The efforts to provide this alternative source of power comes as part of Duke Energy's push to meet a North Carolina renewable energy standard that requires each public electric utility to meet at least 12.5 percent of its North Carolina customers' electricity needs through renewable energy sources by 2021.

In addition to the four sites included in the first phase of the program, Duke Energy reports it will be investing approximately $50 million to construct and own a total of 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity in North Carolina with the potential to power about 1,300 homes.

To get more answers on the thousands of new solar panels on top of the Highwoods Properties building, click on the video gallery on the right-hand side of this page.

WFMY News 2/Information from Duke Energy

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