Progress Energy has signed a contract with ESA Renewables, to build, own and operate a solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the Port of Morehead City in North Carolina, US.

The solar PV array will be located on the roof of the Port Authority warehouse, and is expected to be complete this year.

The 800kW solar system is expected to produce approximately 1,125,000kWh of electricity annually, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 700 metric tons annually.

ESA Renewables intends to sell the entire output of the PV system to the utility for use with its customers.

ESA Renewables president Jeffrey Burkett said using this green energy will mean less energy needs to be provided in the conventional way, such as with coal or natural gas.

This PV project was proposed in response to Progress Energy Carolinas’ request for renewable energy proposals, issued in November 2008.

It is also a part of the ESA Renewables plan to meet the requirements of North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard.
The US based ESA Renewables is a provider of turnkey solar PV systems.