Powering communities with clean energy
Despite its natural beauty, the town of Great Falls, S.C., has been economically depressed since its textile mills closed in the '80s. Tourism is expected to rise, however, as a result of new whitewater runs at Great Falls Reservoir. It is a free community resource that Duke Energy designed with help from the same company behind the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.
"Floatovoltaics" is used extensively in Asia but has yet to make a big splash in the U.S., where it makes up about 2% of all solar installations. Understanding its potential is the goal of Duke Energy’s Vision Florida program, which explores emerging clean energy technologies like microgrids, battery energy storage and, now, floating solar. Watch our video to see how it was constructed.
Duke Energy recently celebrated a birthday for one of its oldest workhorses — Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station in Gaston County, N.C. The dam and power station were built 100 years ago to supply the growing number of textile mills that were popping up around the Charlotte area. Today, the textile mills are long gone, but Mountain Island hydro still produces enough electricity to power about 7,600 homes each year.
Surrounded by rolling fields of fescue, the Mocksville Solar Facility in Davie County, N.C., sits in a special location for Michael Dalton and his family. Find out how leasing land to Duke Energy allows him to keep his father-in-law’s land in production, while bringing in extra income for their family.
Giving customers more options
Smart thermostats can learn your heating and cooling patterns and adjust the temperature accordingly. They also take into account weather conditions and occupancy to optimize energy usage – saving up to 20% on energy costs. Customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana can also save money by enrolling a qualifying thermostat in the company’s demand-response program.
By implementing these energy-saving habits, you can reduce your energy consumption and lower your winter heating costs while still maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. From taking advantage of natural sunlight, changing dirty air filters, unblocking air vents and more – most suggestions shared in this article are either low-cost or no-cost.
Jonathan Stewart of Charlotte, N.C., reduced his mileage costs. And he saved when he installed an electric vehicle (EV) charger at his home with Duke Energy’s Charger Prep Credit Program. To help make EV ownership more affordable, find out if you (or your business) qualify for one of Duke Energy’s rebate programs.