Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS), Duke Energy’s unregulated commercial brand, currently operates the largest solar power plant in history, the 250 MW Pisgah Ridge Solar Project, in Navarro County, Texas.
Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, said: “This project demonstrates how we can continue to expand our renewable energy resources while offering our commercial customers unique sustainability solutions.”
Charles River Laboratories International, a provider of research tools and integrated support services that enable innovative and efficient drug discovery and development, has signed a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) for 102 MW of projects over the next 15 years doing.
The commitment will meet the company’s entire North American electricity load with clean, renewable energy by 2023.
Greg Berardo, Executive Director of EHS and Sustainability at Charles River, said: “Our VPPA with DESS will cover our North American facility and bring us significantly closer to that global goal. am excited about.”
Midwestern retailer Meijer signed a separate 15-year VPPA contract for 83 MW of solar energy generated by the Pisgah Ridge Solar project. Another one of his companies signed his 15-year VPPA contract for the third time. With three contracts combined, he accounts for more than 90% of the facility’s output.
All three VPPAs associated with the site are resolved on a production basis tied to the real-time energy output of the project.
Erik Petrovskis, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Director at Meijer, said: “We have come a long way over the years, and this project with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions puts us on the right track to make an even greater impact.”
of Project engineering and construction will be executed by Moss and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will own and operate the project.
The project employed about 300 workers during peak construction. In addition to the indirect economic benefits associated with developing solar projects (such as increased local spending in service and construction industries), the Pisgarh Ridge solar facility will provide significant tax revenue to the Corsicana Independent School District. , also have a positive economic impact on the local community. .
The Duke Energy Foundation also provided a $50,000 DESS grant to the City of Richland, Texas to help revitalize Richland Community Park. The grant was used to replace the existing playground equipment with new playground equipment and park benches and to enhance the landscaping around the new playground equipment.
The Foundation also awarded two grants totaling $37,000 to the Richland Volunteer Fire Department to maintain the critical safety services it provides to local businesses and residents in Richland, Texas and surrounding Navarro County.
Announcement from Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions