Duke Energy, Buncombe County, N.C., to Partner on Solar Project

  • New 5-MW solar power plant will advance county's 2030 renewable energy goals
  • It will be Duke Energy's first solar project on a landfill

Continuing efforts to bring more renewable energy to North Carolina, Duke Energy and Buncombe County will team up to build a new solar power plant on a retired landfill in the town of Woodfin.

Duke Energy will own and operate the 5-megawatt solar power plant located on the closed Buncombe County landfill – near Interstate 26 and the French Broad River.

The new solar plant will help meet the county's 2030 renewable energy goals, while providing energy to all Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas.

"Working with local communities is critical to advancing our clean energy plan," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "This project is an innovative example of how to creatively repurpose land to advance community goals."

The plant is expected to come online in the second half of 2021 and will produce enough energy annually to power about 1,000 homes and businesses.

"We are excited to see the solar farm on the county's retired landfill moving forward. This is a great way to make productive use of land that cannot be used for many other purposes while helping the county meet its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030," notes Board of Commission Chairman Brownie Newman.

Sourcing its renewables from local generation was identified as a top priority during the county's renewable energy community engagement process. This project will allow the county to reach nearly 20% of its renewable goal with locally sourced clean energy. 

Source: Duke Energy
Date: Jul 29, 2020