Duke Energy announced they will start construction on the 74.9 MW Hamilton County Solar Project originally developed and sold by Tradewind Energy.
Owned and operated by Duke Energy, the solar power plant will produce 74.9 MW of clean, emissions-free solar energy, which is expected to power more than 20,000 homes at peak production. The construction phase has begun and will comprise approximately 300,000 solar panels, built on an estimated 565 acres of land.
Solar energy’s share in the industry has grown rapidly. In 2017, solar accounted for 30% of all new electric generating capacity brought online in the United States, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Increased solar energy delivers a multitude of benefits including economic growth, job creation, and carbon reduction.
“We are pleased to deliver on the demand for clean, sustainable energy with the Hamilton County Solar Project,” said Jeff James, vice president of business development for Tradewind Energy. “As a company dedicated to renewable energy development, it’s exciting to be part of the continued growth in the industry in addition to facilitating economic development in rural communities.”