Duke Energy Renewables Acquires 20 MWac of Solar Projects in Georgia
January 15, 2020 | Charlotte, NC for immediate release
The nine projects are in construction or commercial operation
Duke Energy Renewables now has nearly 50 MWac of distributed solar projects in Georgia
Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), announced that it has completed the acquisition of the final project in a portfolio developed with Inman Solar Inc. totaling 20 megawatts (MWac). The projects are in construction or have begun commercial operations across central Georgia under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI). These projects bring Duke Energy Renewables, operating through its REC Solar business unit, to 47.4 MWac of distributed solar projects in Georgia.
“We’re excited to acquire another portfolio of solar projects in Georgia,” said Chris Fallon, vice president of Duke Energy Renewables. “This transaction was successful because of our strong relationship with Georgia Power and a dependable, expert developer and build partner in Inman Solar.”
Duke Energy Renewables’ distributed generation arm, REC Solar, led the acquisition and construction management on behalf of Duke Energy. Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar and Inman have worked on numerous projects in multiple states over the last three years.
The nine solar projects are expected to contribute $11.5 million in leasing and taxes to local communities. A total of 81,060 solar panels will be used in the projects. The last site is expected to reach commercial operations by the end of March.
Each project was developed under an engineering, production and procurement agreement between REC Solar and Inman and a 30- or 35-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, selling all energy and renewable attributes to Georgia Power as a part of its REDI Distributed Generation RFP program.
“Inman is very pleased to work with Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar on another set of projects,” said Dan Fossitt, president, Inman Solar. “We are proud to do additional projects in Georgia Power’s REDI program. It’s invaluable to have reliable finance partners in Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar who understand development and can work with us to manage logistics and efficiently get to funding.”
The nine projects in the portfolio include:
Duke Energy is one of the nation’s top renewable energy providers – on track to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass energy by the end of 2020.
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About Duke Energy Renewables
Duke Energy Renewables, a nonregulated unit of Duke Energy, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 megawatts. The power is sold to electric utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers. The unit also operates energy storage and microgrid projects.
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About Inman Solar
Inman Solar is a Southeast-based company that specializes in developing, designing and installing commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems. Inman Solar is an experienced turnkey provider, handling everything from project management to engineering and financial analysis. Inman Solar has built over 112 MW of commercial solar photovoltaic systems throughout the US, specializing in the Southeast. Inman’s customers are business owners and investors, and we focus on helping them capture incentives that make solar a smart business investment. In addition to system engineering design and build, Inman owns and operate several solar assets. Inman is certified by the National American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
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