Duke Energy, Buncombe County to Build 5MW Solar Project on Retired Landfill

This move will help in further advancing the county’s 2030 renewable energy goals, while providing energy to all Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas. This will be the company’s first solar project on a landfill.

July 30, 2020. By Manu Tayal

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With an aim to build more renewable energy projects in North Carolina, Duke Energy and Buncombe County has partnered to build a new 5 MW solar energy plant on a retired landfill in Woodfin town.

This will be the company’s first solar project on a landfill. This move will help in further advancing the county’s 2030 renewable energy goals, while providing energy to all Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas, the company said in a statement.

Further, Duke Energy, which is a Fortune 150 company, will own and operate this 5 MW solar power plant located on the closed Buncombe County landfill.

Commenting on the project, Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina President, said that “working with local communities is critical to advancing our clean energy plan.”

“This project is an innovative example of how to creatively repurpose land to advance community goals,” De May added.

Moreover, the plant is expected to come online in H2 of 2021 and will produce enough energy annually to power about 1,000 homes and businesses.

Speaking on the development, Brownie Newman, Chairman, Board of Commission, commented that “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 per cent renewable energy by 2030.” 

Besides, this project is expected to allow the county to reach nearly 20 per cent of its renewable goal with locally sourced clean energy.

The company said that this solar project is just one of our many investments in the region. It recently finished construction of USD 817 million, Asheville Combined Cycle Station, which become fully operational on April 5, 2020. Also, this new station replaced a 344 MW 2-unit coal plant at the Asheville site, which already retired in January this year.

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