Located near Bath and Washington, adjacent to the firm’s 12.5MW Washington White Post facility, the project will feature 27,450 photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Duke Energy Renewables has signed a contract with North Carolina-based SunEnergy1 to build the new project, which is set to be completed by the end of 2013.

The power generated from the Washington White Post II site will be sold through a 15-year agreement to North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). The plant will generate enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes.

Duke Energy Renewables president Greg Wolf said, "The Washington White Post II Solar Power Project brings together the same top-tier team that worked on the original solar facility.

"We appreciate working with a community committed to bringing economic development and renewable, emissions-free energy to eastern North Carolina." Wolf added.

SunEnergy1 CEO Kenny Habul said, "The Duke Energy-owned White Post solar project, at more than 17MW when totalling both phases, will be the largest system in North Carolina."