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Person County Solar Park Expansion Nears Completion


Roxboro, NC -- A new North Carolina solar installation covering seven acres in the Person County Business and Industrial Center features row upon row of ground-mounted solar panels – 5,376 in all – angled toward the sun and visible from U.S. Highway 501.

The project site is located adjacent to the existing 650 KW Person County Solar Park that Carolina Solar Energy developed in 2009 on Hwy 501 south of Roxboro, N.C.

Carolina Solar Energy LLC in collaboration with Strata Solar LLC designed, built and will be operating a 1.25 MWdc solar electric generator to be located in Person County for the project owner, Gehrlicher Solar USA. This brings the total annual estimated energy production to 2,523,029 kWh, enough to power 210 average North Carolina homes annually. The combined project total capacity is 1.9 megawatts, according to Gerry Dudzik, chief operating officer for Carolina Solar Energy.

The project has secured a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Progress Energy Carolinas for sale of the bundled energy, capacity and RECS.

The Person County Solar Park is regional utility Progress Energy’s approach to meeting the state’s Renewable and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) passed in 2007, which mandates an increasing portion of energy production from renewable beginning at 3 percent of retail electricity sales by 2012 and rising to 6 percent by 2016, 10 percent by 2018 and 12.5 percent by 2021.

“We are pleased with the expansion and what it means to our county,” said Person County economic developer Jim Stovall. “The partnership between Progress Energy Carolinas, Carolina Solar Energy LLC and the Person County Business and Industrial Center Inc. is truly outstanding. We look forward to working with these partners in the years ahead.”

Barbara Currier, director of the Person County Economic Development Commission, said, “This project represents all that is environmentally sound for our community, including the sheep that graze along side the solar panels keeping the grass trim without fossil fuels, an increasingly recognized ‘best practice’ in landscaping circles.”

Carolina Solar Energy plans to host a ribbon cutting and dedication of the expansion later this fall.

For more information, contact Currier at (336) 597-1752 or bwcurrier@gmail.com.