Duke Energy opens second largest solar farm in the state in Warsaw

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The second largest solar farm in the state is officially online after a special ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday morning.

Dozens of state and local leaders were there to help open the gate on the new facility in Warsaw in Duplin County.

850,000 solar panels sit on more than 550 acres of land and all of that energy is able to produce clean power to about 13,000 homes.

David Fountain, NC President of Duke Energy, says, "The 65 megawatt Warsaw solar project is the largest that we've got on the Duke Energy System."

Warsaw town manager Shawn Condon says, "It's exciting for a town the size of Warsaw, a small town to see a project of this size dedicated to creating renewable energy right here in Warsaw and it's very exciting for the town of Warsaw to be a small player in providing clean energy the state of North Carolina."

It was a project that took nine months to put together and involved several different companies working together.

Duke Energy Progress says this farm is just the beginning of its $500 million expansion into solar energy in the state.

Fountain says, "There are several other projects that we're constructing in eastern North Carolina and we've got three others that are in the process of being completed and we also have a couple others in the western part of the state."

The 550 acre project is split up between 7 landowners who officials say are also benefiting from the contracts they signed to use their land.