New N.C. solar-storage farm among nation's largest
One of the 12 new utility-scale LG solar farms in North Carolina, developed by LG Electronics with Cypress Creek Renewables. Photo courtesy of LG
One of the largest solar-plus-storage installations in the continental United States is now in operation in North Carolina.
The 8.5-megawatt utility-scale project has a storage capacity of 12 megawatt hours, according to a release.
All told, 21,900 high-performance LG solar panels (395-watt LG NeON 2 72-cell modules) have been installed across a dozen separate solar farms in Columbus and Brunswick counties. LG Electronics provided tax equity financing to the projects in partnership with Cypress Creek Renewables.
"Creating a clean, sustainable future that's accessible and affordable is central to LG's goal of providing solutions that match changing needs in our communities, workplaces and homes – including innovative, intelligent solutions for energy conservation, solar energy and energy storage," said Tim Distler, head of solar business development for LG Electronics USA.
Cypress Creek acquired the projects from United Renewable Energy, the initial developer of the projects. The power developed on the sites will give local homes and businesses in the area access to clean and affordable energy.
The LG solar panels will charge batteries during off-peak periods. Once the batteries are charged each day, the solar portion of the projects will continue to deliver energy to the grid. During peak load times in the summer and winter, the projects will provide reliable renewable energy using the batteries, and LG solar panels will reduce the utility's peak power requirements.
Backed by 15-year product and 25-year performance warranties, LG NeON 2 72-cell solar panels are designed to deliver higher efficiency. The company’s flagship panels feature LG Cello technology, which uses circular-shaped wires to scatter light for better absorption while reducing the electrical loss and increasing power output and reliability.
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