ESA Renewables has just commenced a 1.26 MW rooftop installation at New Bern in North Carolina for Progress Energy Carolinas. The project, which is already online and generating electricity, is part of Progress Energy's plan to meet the state's renewable energy standard and it is predicted that the installation will generate around 1.5 million kWh of electricity per year saving more than 1,000 tons of carbon annually and representing the yearly output of around 100 households. Progress Energy already has over 240 MW of renewable energy under contract in the state which includes solar, biofuels and landfill methane. The array covers 177,160 square feet of roof space making it one of the largest installations in eastern North Carolina so far including ground mounted systems. It consists of polycrystalline modules supplied by Canadian Solar and will be operated, monitored and maintained by ESA itself using the company's own proprietary monitoring system.
Lloyd Yates, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy Carolinas commented: "We remain committed to responsibly pursuing renewable energy resources, and we are pleased that our portfolio of solar projects continues to expand. Projects such as this, coupled with our aggressive energy-efficiency programs and advanced generation facilities, will provide the clean, reliable, affordable power our customers rely on us to provide. We are proud to partner with ESA on this innovative project."
The President of ESA, Jeffrey Burkett, added: "ESA is excited to have one of Progress Energy Carolinas' largest installations in the east under our belt. We are ready to see what 2012 will hold for ESA and we will continue to bring solar to the communities of North Carolina and all around the United States."