The 250MW Pisgah Ridge solar farm from Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, the non-regulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, broke ground in Texas on its largest solar project to date. Moss will helm the engineering and construction arm of the project, with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions acting as owner and operator of the project.
The solar farm is expected to be in operation by 2022 and will create 200-300 jobs throughout phases of construction.
According to Solar Builder, the Texas solar farm will augment the region’s energy infrastructure, with Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions telling the publication, “This project demonstrates how we can address the community’s need for clean energy resources while providing unique sustainability solutions for customers like Charles River.”
Charles River Laboratories International, provider of research tools and integrated support services for innovation on drug discovery and development, signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 102MW of the output from the project over 15 years.
In addition, two unnamed corporations have agreed to separate 15-year VPPA agreements for the remaining 148MW of solar energy generated by Pisgah Ridge, according to reNews.biz. “This VPPA is the first step toward our commitment to source 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030. The benefits of the Pisgah Ridge Solar project move us substantially closer to achieving that goal,” said Gregg Belardo, senior director of EHS & sustainability at Charles River.