Let Your Power Provider Know You Expect Them to Use Renewables

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States. They are big; and last week they announced that with their purchase of two existing solar farms near Twentynine Palms California, they own more than 100 megawatts of solar-powered generation capacity. Duke Energy has invested more than $2.7 billion since 2007 in wind and solar energy generating capacity.

In addition to commercial and utility solar power projects, Duke Energy is working to build a presence in the fast-growing market for rooftop solar power systems. Energy Shift is excited to see that they have caught on to a crucial aspect of renewable energy development and implementation: power generation is most efficiently used when it does not have to travel long distances. 

Duke Energy and their renewable energy partners are contracting to install rooftop and smaller ground-mounted solar projects for commercial, government, and utility customers, which “allows renewable electricity to be generated close to where it is used, rather than at centralized power plants.” In the past year, they installed these types of systems for customers in California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Check it out (this graphic does not show their two solar farms just purchased in CA):