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Commission approves solar farm

The Monroe Solar Facility in Union County was one of two Duke Energy solar power projects approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission this week.

The 60-megawatt facility at 2272 S. Rocky River Road will be on a 400-acre site, designed and built by Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar.

The project will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas as part of its efforts to help meet the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, according to a press release.

Also approved was a 15.4-megawatt project in Davie County on about 110 acres.

“These projects are part of our planned expansion of solar in North Carolina,” said Duke’s Rob Caldwell, senior vice president of distributed energy resources, in the release. “With the state third in the nation for installed solar power, we are committed to growing renewable energy in a sustainable way that benefits all customers.”

Duke Energy operates about 35 solar facilities throughout the state.

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