According to a profile of solar applications in today's Winston Salem Journal, Duke Energy plans to install up to 850 solar panels across the state at a cost of $100 million. And Duke is partnering with SunEdison on a proposed 16-megawatt solar farm in Davison County — the largest in the country, expected to be operational in 2010. It would meet the demands of 2,600 homes.
Progress Energy is also getting in on the act, partnering with SunPower Corp. for a 1-megawatt solar farm in Cary. On a smaller scale, according to the Journal article, an individual solar water-heater system could lower residential utility bills by 30 percent.
— Nelda Holder, associate editor