Monday, May 11, 2009

Duke Energy Rents Roof Tops

Duke Energy Plans Distributed Solar Installations

May 12, 2009
Source: Clean Edge News

Duke Energy recently announced that it will build between 100 and 400 electricity-generating mini solar power plants throughout North Carolina over the next two years. The North Carolina Utilities Commission issued a decision allowing Duke Energy to proceed with its $50-million proposal to install solar panels on the roofs and grounds of homes, schools, office buildings, shopping malls, warehouses and industrial plants, starting later this year. 

According to the company, the solar sites will collectively generate enough electricity to power 1,300 homes. 

Duke Energy will own and maintain the solar panels during their expected 25-year lifespan. The company also will own the electricity generated. 

It will pay a rental fee to property owners who host the panels for use of their roofs or land, based on the size of the installation and amount of electricity generated at any given site.

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