New Texas solar site helps Duke Energy reach renewable energy milestone

Duke Energy now responsible for more than 10,000 megawatts of solar and wind – enough to power 2.4 million homes and businesses

Nearly 500,000 solar panels at Pflugerville Solar Facility outside of Austin, Texas, started producing power in July. That's enough clean energy for more than 27,000 homes, but they’re also helping Duke Energy mark a milestone in its goal to grow its renewable energy portfolio from 8,000 megawatts to 16,000 megawatts by 2025.

With the completion of Pflugerville, Duke Energy now owns, operates or buys more than 10,000 megawatts of solar and wind – enough to power about 2.4 million homes and businesses. The company has nearly 200 renewable sites across 22 states with more than 1,000 megawatts under construction in states including Florida, Texas and the Carolinas. 

“Renewables are playing a major role as we make strong progress toward our ambitious climate goals of at least 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero by 2050,” said Brian Savoy, Duke Energy’s executive vice president, chief strategy and commercial officer. “This next decade will be our biggest ever, and we’re well on our way to exceeding our decarbonization goals by growing our renewables portfolio.”

By 2050, the company expects renewables – supported by grid investments, nuclear, hydropower and natural gas – to make up most of its generation portfolio at 47,000 megawatts.

Watch the video for a look at how renewables have grown at Duke Energy since the company’s first site in 2008.