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Duke solar farm gears up

Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. said energy from a new Duke solar farm in Taylorsville, N.C., has begun powering homes and businesses of EnergyUnited customers.

EnergyUnited, which serves Alexander County and 19 other North Carolina counties, plans to buy all of the energy from the 1-megawatt solar facility, which began generating power in early October.

The solar farm’s 4,224 solar panels can generate enough electricity to power approximately 150 average-sized homes, Duke said.

Duke Energy Generation Services acquired the project in October from SunEdison, which designed and installed the solar-panel system at the Taylorsville site. The solar farm is DEGS’ third.

DEGS also owns and operates a solar project in Shelby, N.C., and a one in in San Antonio.

Duke said DEGS’ renewable-energy initiatives are separate from the activities of Duke Energy Carolinas, which is installing solar panels on business and residential properties as part of a $50 million program approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission in May 2009.

EnergyUnited serves about 120,000 electricity customers in North Carolina, stretching from Virginia to northern Mecklenburg County. Its service territory includes suburbs surrounding Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro.

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