Duke Energy, recently in the news for announcing their plans to build additional solar farms, adding to their already existing 150+ MW of installed solar, was in the news for a less cheery reason yesterday afternoon. They pled guilty to a total of nine environmental charges, and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution. The charges were first pressed in February, following an already started plea bargain, in response to illegal dumping of coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina. According to ThinkProgress, Duke Energy had a storage pond that leaked 39,000 tons of