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RALEIGH (July 6, 2009) — Progress Energy Carolinas is offering its commercial, industrial and government customers new ways to plug in to solar energy. The SunSenseSM Commercial Solar PV and Solar Water Heating programs provide incentives for non-residential customers that install qualifying solar PV (photovoltaic) or solar thermal systems.

SunSense Commercial Solar PV — This program provides incentives to non-residential customers that install rooftop-mounted PV systems ranging in size from 10 to 250 kilowatts (kW). Customers must apply to participate in the program and, if approved, agree to sell all energy and renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the system to Progress Energy for 20 years.

Progress Energy will pay customers 18 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for all metered energy and associated RECs. Federal and state tax incentives are also available to businesses and can be combined with payments from Progress Energy to help make solar installations economically feasible for more customers. Commercial solar PV systems typically cost $6,000 to $8,000 per kW installed; however, installation costs can vary by system type and size.

SunSense Commercial Solar Water Heating — Non-residential customers can receive incentives through this program for installing rooftop-mounted solar water heating systems ranging in size from 1,200 to 4,000 square feet of collector area (roughly 30 to 100 solar thermal panels). Customers must apply to participate in the program and, if approved, agree to sell all RECs from the system to Progress Energy for 10 years.

Participating customers will be required to install a thermal meter to record and report system output. The measured output will then be converted to a REC equivalent. Progress Energy will pay customers $20 per REC for all metered thermal energy.

Commercial solar water heating systems vary in cost based on system type and size. Customers should contact a solar installation professional to determine appropriate sizing, costs and potential benefits.

Both new programs are available to non-residential customers served by Progress Energy Carolinas. Incentives are available for systems approved in advance by the utility and installed after July 6, 2009. Previously installed or unapproved systems are not eligible for the program.

Information on both programs is available at

Progress Energy’s SunSense also includes a residential solar water heating pilot currently available and a residential PV incentive that will be offered later this year. Progress Energy has made a commitment to investing in renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency and state-of-the-art power plants, as part of its balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of its customers.

Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with more than 21,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve approximately 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has earned the Edison Electric Institute’s Edison Award, the industry’s highest honor, in recognition of its operational excellence, and was the first utility to receive the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder’s Award for customer service. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company’s Web site at

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