CHARLOTTE, N.C. - SunEnergy1 has begun installing JinkoSolar panels at the Duke Energy Renewables-owned Capital Partners Solar Project in eastern North Carolina.
The solar project was announced June 24 as a unique partnership among three customers George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital -- that will bring solar power from rural North Carolina to the urban settings of the Washington, D.C., institutions. Customer First Renewables, a renewable energy integrator, facilitated the partnership.
Phase I, in Pasquotank County near Elizabeth City, is underway and represents the first 20 megawatts (MW) of the total 52-MW (AC) solar photovoltaic project. It is expected to reach commercial operation by year-end, and two other sites will be constructed in 2015 to complete the project.
SunEnergy1 developed the sites and is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.
We are very proud to be building this project that will supply the universities and the hospital with clean solar energy using high efficiency JinkoSolar PV panels, said SunEnergy1 CEO Kenny Habul. It goes without saying how excited we are to be continuing our relationship with Duke Energy, a modern utility with tremendous vision that truly understands the importance of renewable energy.
Elizabeth City is a great community to work with, and we're proud to be providing construction jobs, locally purchasing goods and services, and increasing the countys tax base as we build a first-rate solar facility, Habul added.
Habul held job fairs in Elizabeth City and is looking to employ more than 500 people from Pasquotank and nearby counties over the course of the projects construction.
The 92,000 solar panels for the first 20-MW site are provided by JinkoSolar.
We are pleased to be partnering with SunEnergy1 and Duke Energy on this notable project, said Nigel Cockroft, general manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. Were equally proud to have our panels powering such prominent establishments as George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital. We are committed to providing quality products and excellent service to our partners with the hope that sustainable energy continues to flourish in North Carolina and throughout the U.S.
JinkoSolar's UL-certified JKM300P-72 and JKM305P-72 modules have a conversion efficiency of up to 16 percent and a comprehensive 25-year warranty. Designed to withstand extreme weather and environmental conditions, their self-cleaning capabilities reduce power loss caused by soiling.
We are fortunate to be partnered with JinkoSolar and SunEnergy1, two solid providers in the solar industry, said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables. Were glad to be working with them to provide our customers in D.C. with clean, sustainable energy and to bring economic development opportunities to this region of North Carolina.
The Capital Partners Solar Project will be Duke Energy Renewables' 14th solar installation in North Carolina and its largest in the state. SunEnergy1 has been the EPC contractor for seven of the company's largest North Carolina solar projects.
About Duke Energy Renewables
Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy generation projects for customers throughout the United States. The company's growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes 15 wind farms and 21 solar farms in operation in 12 states, totaling about 1,800 megawatts in electric-generating capacity. Learn more at www.duke-energy.com/renewables.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.
SunEnergy1 is a vertically integrated solar EPC company based in Mooresville, N.C., that specializes in utility-scale, ground-mount projects. In addition to designing and constructing the three largest ground-mount projects in North Carolina, the company also designed and built one of the world's largest solar rooftops in Concord N.C. With more than 1 gigawatt of solar power constructed or under development, Sunenergy1 is a leader in commercial solar. For more information, see www.sunenergy1.com.
About JinkoSolar Holdings Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar is a global leader in the solar PV industry with production operations in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai and Beijing, China; Munich, Germany; Bologna, Italy; Montpellier, France; Zug, Switzerland; San Francisco, USA; Queensland, Australia; Toronto, Canada; Singapore; Tokyo, Japan; and Cape Town, South Africa. www.jinkosolar.com
JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 2 GW each for silicon ingots and wafers, solar PV cells, and solar PV modules. JinkoSolar also sells electricity solar generated in China and distributes its solar products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, USA, France, Eastern Europe, China, India, Japan, South Africa, and other countries.