February 26 (Renewables Now) - The City of Charlotte in North Carolina is to construct a 35-MW solar park in partnership with local solar energy firm Carolina Solar Energy and solar developer Ecoplexus Inc.
This comes after the Charlotte City Council on Monday approved the city's participation in Duke Energy Corp's (NYSE:DUK) Green Source Advantage (GSA) programme. The utility's programme makes it possible for large energy users to select and negotiate all price terms directly with a renewable supplier of their choice, including buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by that renewable facility.
The solar facility, expected to be in full operation by 2022, will help offset about 25% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from city-owned buildings over the next 20 years. As part of the city's Strategic Energy Action Plan, it is looking to have 100% zero carbon municipal buildings and fleet by 2030.
"We're pleased our headquarters location is the first city to take this step," Duke Energy's managing director for renewable customer programmes, Christy Daniel, noted.