1-MW Solar System Planned in North Carolina

Three Carolinas companies have partnered to bring one of the first large-scale solar energy projects to Western North Carolina. The 1-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array is expected to produce more than 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity over the course of a year. The FLS Energy solar farm will include 3,288 PV panels installed on about seven acres at the closed landfill. This PV array is expected to start producing electricity in the spring of 2009.

Progress Energy Carolinas has signed an agreement with FLS Energy to purchase the output from the solar  plant. FLS Energy will build, own and operate the solar photovoltaic (PV) array and sell the energy produced to the utility for distribution to customers.

“This is the third megawatt-sized solar project we have signed this year,” said Robert Sipes, vice president for Progress Energy Carolinas’ western N.C. region. “It combines an important emerging technology with an outstanding location, and we’re pleased to be part of it. We’re pursuing technology, partnerships and other agreements to expand the use of renewable energy in North Carolina.”

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