One of the world’s leading developers of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, Ecoplexus Inc., has started construction on 30 megawatts (MW) of solar power projects in North Carolina in the US.
The three ground-mounted installations – Baker, Benthall Bridge, and Turkey Creek Solar Parks – represent a combined investment of more than US$45 million.
These projects will provide 50 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean electricity annually, which is enough to power 5,200 homes and prevent the carbon dioxide emission of roughly 4 million gallons of gasoline, in effect taking 7,500 passenger vehicles off the road.
These facilities will be interconnected into Dominion North Carolina Power’s electrical grid, increasing the capacity of clean energy the utility has to distribute around the state. This will be an essential addition to the state’s power supply after Hurricane Matthew swept along the East Coast earlier this month, leaving almost 100,000 people without power.
Despite the construction delays brought about by the hurricane, all three solar projects are still on schedule to be completed by the end of the year.
Two of the three projects will be added to Ecoplexus’ growing IPP asset base, while the third will be owned by a large US utility with Ecoplexus providing ongoing asset management and operations and maintenance services for all the facilities.