Duke Energy solar sites to be in service by year's end

Construction projects should conclude by year's end at Duke Energy solar facilities in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties, part of the company’s $500 million commitment to solar energy in North Carolina.

The Warsaw Solar Facility in Duplin County is a 65-megawatt facility that will cover 500 acres and have about 850,000 solar panels. It is the largest solar facility under construction in North Carolina. The Elm City Solar Facility in Wilson County is a 40-megawatt facility that will cover 450 acres and have about 500,000 solar panel, and the Fayetteville Solar Facility in Bladen County is a 23-megawatt facility that will cover 120 acres and have about 105,000 solar panels.

More than 900 workers are expected to be at the three sites when construction peaks around midyear.

“It’s exciting for the town of Warsaw to be involved in a project this size that involves a rapidly growing technology like solar,” Warsaw Town Manager Shawn Condon said. “Once completed, the facility will strengthen the town’s ability to attract other potential businesses.”

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