Strata Solar Completes 5-MW System in North Carolina

A total of 22,000 new solar panels in Cleveland County, N.C., today are pointed at the sun, generating enough power for 616 average-sized homes in the region.

The facility, named Kings Mountain Solar, was developed by Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar. It joins a growing list of projects in North Carolina, and is one of the largest in the state. Under a 20-year contract, Duke Energy Carolinas will purchase all of the energy and renewable energy credits generated from the site.

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“North Carolina is a leader in solar energy, and Kings Mountain Solar demonstrates our company’s commitment to using solar energy to meet general renewable energy compliance requirements,” said Brett Carter, president, Duke Energy North Carolina. “We remain focused on delivering cost-effective renewable energy to our customers.”

Recognized as a competitive energy resource, solar power is attracting new investors and enabling larger projects at lower costs to customers.

“Kings Mountain Solar and Strata’s ongoing development of utility-scale solar farms is an excellent example of how sustainability has transformed into a mainstream economic force, resulting in an explosion of longterm job creation across the state,” said Markus Wilhelm, chief executive officer of Strata Solar. “We are thrilled to partner with Duke Energy Carolinas in fostering environmental responsibility and bringing clean economic development to North Carolina.”

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