Duke Energy adding solar in N. Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Duke Energy Corp. is moving ahead with a $100 million plan to install rooftop and ground-level solar systems at up to 850 North Carolina homes and businesses.

The utility filed an application with the N.C. Utilities Commission on Friday for the two-year plan, which the commission would have to approve. The cost would add about 25 cents to the average monthly N.C. power bill, Duke said.

The solar-power system collectively would generate more than 16 megawatts, which would provide electricity for the power grid. In contrast, Duke's coal-fired power unit under construction at its Cliffside facility in the Blue Ridge foothills would produce 800 megawatts.

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