Duke’s most recent IRP outlines gigawatts’ worth of solar additions. Duke Energy submitted a settlement with large solar developers including Cypress Creek Renewables and Strata Solar to North Carolina regulators on Thursday that aims to resolve longstanding interconnection issues in the utility’s territory. The agreement should resolve issues for more than 100 disputed projects in the Carolinas, said spokesperson Randy Wheeless, clearing the way for up to 800 megawatts of solar projects to move forward in coming years. The proposed changes will require approval from regulators in both North and South Carolina as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Duke originally submitted its proposal to update interconnection procedures in the two states in May. In recent years, a glut of solar has clogged Duke’s queue, and the utility was unable to process projects in a timely manner. North Carolina is among the few states that have seen significant solar development tied to the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, which incentivizes energy production by requiring utilities to buy from “qualifying facilities” developed by third parties. From 2014 to the end of March 2020, third-party installers had added 2.4 gigawatts of new large-scale solar capacity in Duke territory, with […]

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