Statewide: Eastern region, March 2015
Update: Following publication of this article, the Federal Communications Commission voted to override state laws that limit service areas for broadband networks, clearing the way for Wilson to expand its Greenlight system.
HOPE MILLS — Principal Solar plans to build a 78.5-megawatt solar farm here by early 2016. The Dallas-based company says the $173 million project will be the largest solar operation east of the Rocky Mountains. Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Charlotte-based Duke Energy, has signed a 15-year agreement to buy power generated by the project.
WILMINGTON — Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas was awarded a contract valued at more than $100 million to supply fuel to a Brownville, Neb., nuclear-power station through January 2034. Majority-owned by Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric, GNF is a joint venture with Tokyo-based companies Hitachi and Toshiba that was formed in 2000 to manufacture fuel for nuclear reactors.
GREENVILLE — ArroGen will add 138 jobs to its existing 12 over four years at a local forensics lab. The jobs will pay an average annual salary of more than $60,000, higher than Pitt County’s $39,845. Greenville was awarded a $540,000 grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation to buy lab equipment that it will lease back to the company’s Center for Advanced Forensics DNA Analysis, which opened in 2013.
WILMINGTON — Ted Spring resigned as president of Cape Fear Community College in January after about two years in the position following questions over expense reimbursements. Amanda Lee, vice president for instructional services since 2010, was named interim president.
JACKSONVILLE — Boca Raton, Fla.-based Biotest Pharmaceuticals plans to add 50 jobs at its local plasma-collection center. Opened in February, the 15,000-square-foot center is the company’s second local site. A subsidiary of Germany-based Biotest, the company employs more than 900 people at 18 plasma-collection centers across the nation.
WILMINGTON — Wilmington International Airport will add two nonstop flights to New York. American Airlines, which already offers one daily flight to New York, added another in February, and Delta Air Lines plans to add one beginning June 5. Delta also plans to add a nonstop flight to Atlanta on May 1, increasing the total number of flights there to six.