Big solar planned for Pasquotank County

The Charlotte Observer in June reported that a Duke Energy commercial enterprise, Duke Energy Renewables, plans to build a 52-megawatt solar electricity farm on 500 acres in Pasquotank County near Elizabeth City. Once operational (expected in 2015), the facility could place North Carolina near or at the top of the list of states producing solar-generated electricity.

Officials at Duke Energy Renewables, which owns and operates more than 20 solar farms in eight states totaling more than 140 megawatts of power generation, said the power from its Pasquotank County farm will be sold to George Washington University, American University and George Washington University Hospital, all in Washington, D.C. The announcement said the solar power will supply more than half the electricity the universities use and one-third of the hospital's needs.

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