NxGen Power LLC, headquartered in Charlotte, has completed and placed into service a 1.3 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array in Raleigh. The PV array is on City of Raleigh property at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant and represents the largest solar installation on municipal property in North Carolina. Progress Energy Carolinas will purchase the output of the array distribution to its customers.
The project was engineered and constructed by Southern Energy Management of Morrisville and will generate about 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,300 tons annually. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from the use of about 140,000 gallons of gasoline.
The City of Raleigh City will host the array on under a 20 year lease agreement. No city capital investment will be required for this project.
"Today’s milestone is a culmination of a lot of hard work and perseverance by NxGen Power, Southern Energy Management, the City of Raleigh and Progress Energy," Michael Byrnes, president and chief executive officer of NxGen Power, said. "It represents a great achievement in building the energy economy in here in NC."