COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Two environmental groups are urging Duke Energy to develop a solar farm in Anderson County.

The State newspaper reported ( ) that the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy have asked regulars to order Duke to produce up to 375 megawatts of solar energy capability.

Duke is building a natural gas plant in Anderson County.

Duke's response with the Public Service Commission says it would need more than 2,600 acres for a solar farm to generate as much electricity as the groups propose. Duke also says the solar farm would not produce as much electricity as the natural gas plant on a 20-acre site.

Duke spokesman Ryan Mosier said the utility does want to increase its use of solar power in South Carolina.

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