Duke Energy acquires US solar farm
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions has acquired the 100MW Wildflower Solar Project from Clearway Energy Group.
The proposed solar farm, which will be developed in Desoto County, will produce enough electricity to run about 21,000 households.
Construction is expected to start this year (2022) and reach commercial operation in late 2023.
Toyota North America has signed a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement for up to 80MW of the solar energy produced by the project.
The Japanese conglomerate will benefit from Wildflower Solar's closeness to its Mississippi manufacturing site as it helps the automaker switch from using high-emission electricity in its operations to renewable electricity on the grid that has zero emissions.
Toyota is aiming to be carbon-neutral in its operations by 2035.
Kevin Butt, director of sustainability for Toyota Motor North America, said: "Renewable energy sources, like solar, are a key to achieving our goal of carbon neutrality, and our purchase from Wildflower alone has the potential to reduce Toyota's carbon footprint in North America by as much as 8 percent."
Duke Energy Sustainable Solution, a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, will own and operate the project. The team – which provides wind, solar and resilient backup power – has managed 1,000 projects across the US with a total electric capacity of more than 5,100MW of nonregulated renewable energy.