Maple View Farm in Orange County and the Environmental Protection Agency in Durham are becoming part of Duke Energy's solar grid.
The Charlotte utility announced today that the two Triangle locations are among 10 sites where it will install rooftop solar.
The 10 sites will generate 4.1 megawatts of electricity by next year, enough to power about 525 average-sized homes, according to Duke.
The company launched its solar project last fall when it leased space from four manufacturers. The other new sites in North Carolina are:
- Lincoln Charter School in Denver
- Gaston County Schools in Lowell
- Department of Transportation Facility for the city of Charlotte
- Liberty Hardware in Winston-Salem
- Childress Klein Properties in Charlotte
- Carrier Centers in Charlotte
- Siemens in Winston-Salem
-Daimler Trucks North America in Cleveland
Putting the solar panels on visible buildings helps build awareness and understanding of solar energy, Brett Carter, president of Duke Energy Carolinas, said in a statement.
When the rooftop solar program is complete, Duke officials say the company will have spent $50 million and will own 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity in the state. That will be enough to provide electricity to about 1,300 homes.
The solar program helps Duke meet the state's renewable energy standard which requires that electric utilities provide at least 12.5 percent of their customers electricity needs through renewable energy sources or energy efficiency by 2021.