Progress To Buy 1.3-MW of Solar PV Energy

Progress Energy Carolinas has signed an agreement under which Southern Energy and NxGen Power to build, own and operate a 1.3-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array. The project’s output would be sold to Progress Energy Carolinas for distribution to its customers. The project would be located on City of Raleigh property at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant (NRWWTP).

It will be the first utility-scale solar power project located on local government property in North Carolina. The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to authorize city staff to begin negotiating a lease agreement with Southern Energy and NxGen Power for about 10 acres at the NRWWTP.

No city capital investment will be required for the project. The lease agreement will return to the Raleigh City Council for a final vote later this year. The system is expected to come online in early 2010 and will generate close to 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, Progress said.

This is also the fifth and largest solar array project announced by Progress Energy Carolinas, bringing the total amount of solar-generated electricity scheduled to be purchased by the company to more than 5 MW.

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