Bank of America has partnered with Duke Energy to expand its renewable energy commitment by powering its headquarters and other Charlotte, North Carolina operations with solar energy.
Through a renewable energy-sleeved power purchase agreement (PPA), the company is participating in Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage (GSA) program. The bank is the first company and financial institution to sign a 10-year agreement for electricity and Green-e-certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through this program.
The purchase of a 25 megawatt (MW) solar project’s electricity output and RECs will cover 45% of Bank of America’s electricity load in the state.
“These unique projects and partnerships build on our achievement of carbon neutrality and expand our renewable energy commitment. By driving more clean energy solutions in our facilities, we are developing a broader sustainable energy ecosystem to help transform our operations and the communities where our employees work and live. These partnerships bring to the forefront creative thinking and innovative solutions to address a changing climate and clean energy access.”Andrew Plepler, global head of Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America.
This project will be constructed in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It also adds additional clean energy to the grid, supports jobs and the local economy. The project will include the installation of a pollinator habitat surrounding 70,000 solar panels, covering approximately 180 acres, and is expected to be online in 2022.
“We continue to look for new and innovative ways to deliver more renewable energy to customers in North Carolina. Customers want more flexibility and options for renewable energy and the Green Source Advantage makes that happen.”Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president.
Silver Pine Energy, a joint venture between Silver Creek Energy and North Carolina developer Pine Gate Renewables, will oversee the development of the project and will support the engineering, procurement and construction services.
“Silver Pine Energy is very pleased to be a part of the Green Source Advantage program. We are grateful to partner with Duke Energy and Bank of America for this project, and excited to continue to do our part to bring more renewable energy online in North Carolina through innovative and exciting programs such as GSA.”Silver Pine president Ben Catt.
Duke Energy maintains more than 3,300 MW of solar power on its energy grid in North Carolina, which could power about 700,000 homes and businesses at peak output. The company also operates 40 solar facilities in the state.