The noted solar PV module manufacturer First Solar recently won supply contracts for two large projects currently under development by Duke Energy in the Tar Heel State, according to reports.
Altogether, the projects will total 105 MW of capacity once completed — representing quite a substantial boon/deal for the thin-film module manufacturer. Duke Energy also recently made a deal with Yingli Green Energy to supply modules for a third project (23 MW) that it is developing in North Carolina as well.
Of that 105 MW total, 65 MW will be as part of the Warsaw Solar Facility project — the biggest of the new projects being developed by Duke Energy — which will built by the North-Carolina-based company Strata Solar.
The other 40 MW of capacity will be as part of the Elm City Solar Facility project. In contrast to the Warsaw Solar Facility project, First Solar will provide all of the engineering, procurement and construction services, as well as the solar modules, on the Elm City project. The project will also make use of First Solar’s new Series 4 thin film PV modules — also in contrast to Warsaw Solar Facility project. Both projects will utilize SMA inverters.
The Elm City project was initially begun by the developer HelioSage, before then being acquired, after development began, by Duke Energy.
On a related note, the 23 MW project utilizing Yingli Green Energy (aka Yingli Solar) modules is being developed in Bladen County by Phoenix Solar.
All three Duke projects are currently expected to begin construction in early 2015, pending approval from the appropriate state authorities.
Image Credit: First Solar
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