October 17 (Solar) – US utility Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) announced a pilot electric vehicles (EV) transportation programme and plans for another programme that will provide access to 150 MW of reserved renewable energy capacity to its business clients in South Carolina.
The so-called Green Source Advantage programme seeks to grow the renewable energy options for the company’s commercial and industrial customers by offering them “significant amounts” of solar and other renewable power to meet their clean energy goals. The utility said in a press release on Monday that its large business clients will have the chance to get bill credits for the output of a solar park not located on their own site and retain the associated renewable energy certificates (RECs).
Of the total 150 MW of reserved capacity, some 113 MW will be for customers of Duke Energy Carolinas, serving the Upstate of South Carolina, while the remaining 37 MW will be reserved for Duke Energy Progress and its clients in the state’s Pee Dee region.
The programme still needs the approval of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC).
Separately, Duke Energy said it is seeking PSCSC clearance to launch a pilot programme for deploying EV infrastructure in South Carolina. The initiative, calling for an investment of USD 10.4 million (EUR 9m) for an initial three-year trial period, consists of four separate programmes designed to meet the rising demand for EV charging in the state. It includes options for residential customers installing charging equipment, EV school buses, electric transit bus charging stations and fast charging installations.
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