Duke opens Elm City solar farm


Duke Progress Energy’s 40-megawatt Elm City Solar Facility is located on Haynes Road in Wilson County.


From Staff Reports

Friday, June 10, 2016

Duke Progress Energy officially opened its Elm City Solar Facility on Thursday.

With 487,000 solar panels and 670 miles of wire, the 40-megawatt sunlight-to-energy plant is the latest addition to the company's renewable power portfolio.

The Elm City Solar Facility is located at 4579-4699 Haynes Road in Wilson County. Its expected annual output of 82,000 megawatt-hours is roughly what 7,000 residential customers would use in a year.

The company's commercial business unit, Duke Energy Renewables, recently purchased six solar facilities in Edgecombe and surrounding counties.

Duke Energy has 35 solar facilities across the state. The Renewables unit has solar and wind facilities in 13 states.

"Duke Energy has embraced solar energy in North Carolina as a means of providing even more renewable resources to our customers," said David Fountain, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "We continue to push for projects that promote new and renewable technologies, while keeping rates below the national average."