SunPower Corp. announced the completion of the Shelby Solar Project, a1-megawatt solar power plant in Shelby, N.C. that is owned and operatedby Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), a Duke Energy commercialbusiness unit.
Construction on the 10-acre plant began in March,and it is now producing clean, renewable solar power for North CarolinaMunicipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1), which serves Shelby. DEGSestimates that the plant will generate enough electricity to powerapproximately 140 homes annually.
NCMPA1 and its 19 memberorganizations will buy all of the output from the Shelby Solar Projectfor the next 20 years under the terms of its power purchase agreementwith DEGS. NCMPA1 will also receive all associated renewable energycredits (RECs) from the project.
"This agreement is a great start to the development of our solar resource portfolio," said GrahamEdwards, CEO of ElectriCities, the management services organization forNCMPA1. "Solar power complements our existing power supply portfolio byproviding peak power during the daylight hours, while also helping tomaintain our very small carbon footprint."
SunPower designed andbuilt the solar system using SunPower Tracker technology. The Trackerfollows the sun’s movement during the day, increasing sunlight captureby up to 25 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems, whilesignificantly reducing land use requirements.
"SunPowersun-tracking technology is fast to install and reliably delivers cleanpower during peak demand periods, making solar a competitively-pricedchoice for power plant applications," said Tom Leyden, managing director at SunPower.
"Forward-thinking organizations such as DukeEnergy and their local partners are maximizing the production ofemission-free, renewable solar power and the long-term benefits itdelivers."