A large parcel of undeveloped land near Siler City has been chosen by Duke Energy to take part in the utility's Site Readiness Program. The utility selected a total of 17 sites in the Carolinas, ten of which are in North Carolina. Duke Energy's Jeff Brooks says the 1700-acre Chatham County tract will be assessed for its potential to lure large industry and manufacturing to the area and calls it a "win-win" for everyone.
“As part of the local community, we have the relationships and understand the importance of bringing new industry to the area,” Brooks says. “Obviously, new industry helps increase our customer base but it also develops a community so that it offers jobs and the potential for growth and that helps our customers thrive and remain healthy and that helps our state and our business.”
Duke Energy will issue recommendations for Chatham County following the 6-month assessment period. Other sites being evaluated are in Randolph, Nash, and Harnett Counties.