Duke Seeks Suppliers for 16-MW Solar Plan

Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking bids from solar power companies to supply solar panels, electrical equipment and installation services as part of the utility’s proposed US $100 million North Carolina solar plan.

Starting in early 2009, Duke Energy plans to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at up to 850 North Carolina sites, including homes, schools, office buildings, shopping malls, warehouses and large manufacturing facilities. The systems will be both roof and ground-mounted. Electricity generated through the program would total at least 16 megawatts.

The proposal, first announced in June, requires approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission before it can be implemented. Duke Energy would own and, through contractors, install and maintain the solar panels. The utility also would own the electricity generated, which would be sent to the electrical grid that serves its customers.

The company said that it will compensate homeowners, businesses and other entities that offer their roofs or land for the program, based on the size of the installation and amount of electricity generated at any given location.

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