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Published on February 19th, 2014 | by James Ayre


Duke Energy Issues Request For 300 MW Of New Solar PV Proposals

February 19th, 2014 by  

Duke Energy, the biggest electric holding power company in America, just issued a new Request for Proposals for 300 MW worth of solar PV.

Issued on February 14th, the request is for projects to be located in the company’s “Carolinas and Progress territories” — this includes North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Another stipulation is that all projects, in order to be accepted, will need to be operational by the year 2015, and need to be over 5 MW in capacity.


If approved, “bidders can offer power, renewables certificates or whole projects for Duke Energy to take ownership.” Duke Energy affiliates aren’t eligible.

PV-Tech provides more:

North Carolina’s Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS) and Duke Energy’s renewable targets will be assisted by the request. Any projects that can be connected to the Carolinas’ system are eligible, so proposals from South Carolina will also be considered.

The new proposals will nearly double current solar capacity for Duke Energy, according to Rob Caldwell, the vice president of renewable generation development at Duke Energy. “It gives developers the opportunity to pursue projects for the long term, or to negotiate for Duke Energy to acquire ownership of the new facilities once they are operational.”

“For bidders who wish for Duke Energy to assume ownership, it will allow us to better locate and integrate the new capacity into our energy mix,” Caldwell continued. “We are in the best position to manage the unique characteristics of intermittent solar generation into our existing system to assure cost-effective, reliable, dependable electricity for our customers.”

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  • Matt

    Just for a little perspective based on Duke 2012 fact sheet‎ they “own” 57.7 GW and by the end of 2016 they want “access” to .6GW that is 1%. Of course it is less than that since they don’t plan to own the full .6GW of solar

  • Will E

    300 MW, too little, too slow.
    people will take over
    Solar is cheap and easy and reliable.
    makes you a lot of dollars.
    try combination Solar on the garage and EV car in the garage.
    double profits

  • Matt

    Ok if force Duke will get a little solar. The biggest electric holding company in US, and this would double their solar holding. Oh my god they will have 0.6GW of solar, that will surely be too much! They are fighting it every step of the way.

  • xboxman

    now if AEP would do this

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