Decentralised energy: solar rooftop array provides electricity to 200 homes
Local solar panel array lights up region, New Bern Sun Journal, April 05, 2012 Eddie Fitzgerald The largest solar energy collecting array in Eastern North Carolina, which is located in New Bern, is now online and producing electricity for Progress Energy.
The 1.3-megawatt commercial rooftop solar project aimed at bringing clean, renewable solar energy to residents was constructed on the roof of a privately-owned building being rented by BSH Logistic Center at 300 Executive Parkway.
Jennifer Pagan, marketing coordinator for ESA, said the solar array
went online last week and is now producing electricity that Progress
Energy is buying and distributing to its customers.
The solar array consists of 5,166 Canadian solar modules, which
produce 245 watts each and cover 175,122 square feet of rooftop space
on the building. The project was expected to produce 1,691,639
kilowatt hours of electricity per year — enough energy to power
approximately 200 homes annually, Pagan said…..
The New Bern solar array will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more
than 1,000 tons annually, which is equivalent to the annual greenhouse
gas emissions from about 200 vehicles. The expected annual energy
output equals the annual energy usage of about 100 typical households,
according to Progress Energy.
ESA owns and operates more than 475 solar power generating facilities
in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy. The company’s
headquarters are in Castellón, Spain. ESA has additional offices in
Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, France and Italy and its
services include financing, engineering, construction, testing and
operation and maintenance.
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