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Charlotte Participating in "Green Tariff" Solar Project (Ind Report)
Charlotte,Duke Energy
Date: 2020-02-28
In North Carolina, the city of Charlotte City Council reports it will participate in the construction of a 35-MW solar farm expected to generate sufficient power for 10,000 homes in Iredell County. The project, which will be developed and constructed by Carolina Solar Energy and Ecoplexus, is expected to be operating by 2022.

With 860,000 +- residents, Charlotte will be the most populous U.S. city to obtain renewable energy through a utility "green tariff" such as Duke's Green Source Advantage program that lets large customers negotiate directly with solar developers.

Under the program, customers enter into trilateral agreements among the customer, the solar developer and Duke. Duke buys the solar energy generated by the projects and credits the customer's account. The customer keeps renewable energy certificates that prove that a percentage of its energy use is from a renewable source. (Source: City of Charlotte, Tribune News Serv. 27 Feb.,2020) Contact: City of Charlotte, Heather Bolick, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator, www.charlottenc.gov; Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Smithfield's Tar Heel NC RNG Facility Now Online (Ind Report)
Duke Energy,Smithfield Foods, OpyimaBio
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Old Dominion State, Smithfield Foods Inc., in partnership with Duke Energy and OptimaBio LLC, reports it is now producing renewable natural gas (RNG) from the wastewater treatment system at its Tar Heel, N.C. pork processing facility.

The $14 million project produces approximately 140,000 dekatherms of RNG per year. The company also has "wastewater-to-energy" projects at its plants in Milan, Missouri; Grayson, Kentucky; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Source: Smithfield Foods,, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Ken Sullivan, Pres, CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com; Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com; OptimaBio, LLC, Mark Maloney, CEO, www.pig.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Methane,  OptmaBio,  Smithfield Foods,  Duke Energy,  RNG,  Manure-to-Fuel,  


N.Carolina Hog Waste-to-Biofuel Project In Production (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,Smithfield Foods, OpyimaBio
Date: 2020-01-10
Smithfield Foods, OptimaBio LLC and Duke Energy North Carolina are reporting biofuel production at their $14 million hog waste-to-biofuel project at Smithfield's Tar Heel pork processing plant in North Carolina is now underway. The project can produce up to 140,000 dekatherms per year of renewable natural gas (RNG).

The Tar Heel project utilizes a gas upgrading and injection system operated by OptimaBio, LLC, a bioenergy project developer, which leverages the facility's 3 million gpd wastewater treatment system to collect and clean biogas through an existing on-site anaerobic digester and convert it into RNG.

Smithfield operates similar hog wastewater-to-energy projects at its Milan, Mo.; Grayson, Ky.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. facilities, which are used to power their modified steam boilers. (Source: Duke Energy, Smithfield Foods, Power Eng., Jan., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Ken Sullivan, Pres, CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com; Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com; OptimaBio, LLC, Mark Maloney, CEO, www.pig.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Methane,  OptmaBio,  Smithfield Foods,  Duke Energy,  RNG,  Manure-to-Fuel,  


Duke Plans Its First Battery Energy Storage in SC (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-10-16
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy reports it is planning a 5-megawatt/5-megawatt-hour battery energy storage project to support the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson, South Carolina. The battery capacity should keep the center running for 30 hours without grid power, based on typical consumption, the utility said.

Subject to regulatory approval, the battery installation could be online in early 2021. The project, which is subject to regulatory approval, is in accord with Duke's recently released 15-year resource plan. (Source: Duke Energy, gtm, 14 Oct., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.dukeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Duke Energy,  


Duke NC Expands Green Source Advantage Offerings (Ind Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-09-16
In Charlotte, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) is reported to have approved Duke Energy's Green Source Advantage (GSA) program enabling the company to expand renewable energy options for customers.

The GSA program give large energy users flexibility in selecting and negotiating all contract prices and terms directly with a renewable supplier of their choice, including the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by that renewable facility. The GSA program will be available until the total capacity of 600 MW is fully subscribed. Of this 600-MW capacity, 100 MW will be set aside for military installations and 250 MW set aside for University of North Carolina institutions, according to North Carolina's Competitive Energy Solutions legislation. The remaining 250 MW will be reserved for large nonresidential customers -- 160 MW for Duke Energy Carolinas and 90 MW for Duke Energy Progress. Facilities that are used for the GSA program will be owned and operated by eligible renewable energy developers.

Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program for residential, commercial and nonprofit customers in North Carolina has helped 3,000 customers go solar in its first two years. Duke Energy will continue offering these rebates over the next three years. In 2018, Duke Energy launched a competitive bidding process for new solar capacity and connected over 500 MW of new solar capacity. To date in 2019, Duke Energy has contracted for more than 600 MW of new solar capacity. The company also offers a solar leasing program. (Source: Duke Energy North Carolina, , PRN, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy North Carolina,  ,  Solar,  Renewable Energy Rebates,  


NC Solar Power Production Jumps 36 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-03-20
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest data, North Carolina's annual solar power production jumped 36 pct in 2018, firmly placing the Tar Heel State as the nation's 2nd larget solar power producer behind California. By way of comparison, California's annual solar production rose 15 pct and Arizona's and Nevada's outputs each grew 10 pct in 2018. (Source: US EIA, Duke Energy, Compelo, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Duke Energy North Carolina,  


Duke Touts N. Carolina Solar Rebate Program Success (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-01-11
Duke Energy North Carolina is reporting its $62 million rebate program in North Carolina is driving both residential and commercial solar adoption statewide.

Duke Energy claimed 5,000 rooftop solar customers in Jan, 2019, but now has approximately 9,000. Since January 2, 2019, the company's solar rebate program has received more than 2,000 applications.

The rebate program helps customers with the upfront costs of installing on-site solar. With the program, nonresidential customers are eligible for a rebate of 50 cents per watt. Church, scholl, and other Nonprofit customers are eligible for 75 cents per watt for systems of 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater are eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for nonresidential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers. Customers also have a solar leasing option. (Source: Duke Energy, Energy Manager, Jan., 2019)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Rebate details www.duke-energy.com/home/products/renewable-energy/nc-solar-rebates

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Solar Rebatesa,  


Duke Solar Rebate Program Flooded with Applications (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-08-01
In Charlotte, Duke Energy North Carolina reports that since it 9 July launch, its solar rebate program has received over 1,500 applications for the incentivized chance to install solar systems at home or work.

The company intends to invest $62 million in the program over 5 years on a first-come, first-serve basis. Approximately 16 MW of new solar capacity has been granted rebates, and the company aims to add up to 20 MW of new capacity each year of the program. (Source: Duke Energy Carolinas, PR, DEI, 30 July, 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy Rebate,  

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