Duke Energy has begun construction on the 22.6-MW Speedway Solar power plant in Cabarrus County.
The project will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a new commercial brand that includes Duke Energy Renewables. The project was selected as part of the competitive bidding process established by 2017’s landmark solar legislation in North Carolina.
The plant will contain about 77,000 Jinko bifacial modules with single-axis tracking. The plant will be located on 185 acres in Midland – near the corner of Wallace Road and Bethel Ave. Extension. The facility will power the equivalent of 5,000 homes. It is targeting commercial operation by the end of 2021.
During peak construction, Speedway Solar will employ about 70 workers. The facility’s design, procurement of inverters, balance of plant systems and construction of the project will be performed by Swinerton.