Solar Farm Ribbon Cutting Held Monday

SunEnergy1 has completed the first stage of its own solar farm located in Plymouth, NC and held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday.

According to the Solar technology company, stage one of the project is 2.4 megawatt and the panels were installed in under 17 days. The system passed its final inspection on December 30th. Plans to commission the first stage are underway.

The 2.4 MW ground-mount system is comprised of 9,800 Bosch 245 watt panels and utilizes 4 Schneider Electric GTX-500 inverters. The entire array will be constructed with a racking system made by Daetwyler Clean Energy and Platipus anchors.

SunEnergy1 will own and operate the system and will interconnect the system through Dominion Power.


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  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    You can laugh about Newt's desire to go to the moon all you want but its a very good possibility it is for future energy reasons. Mars is the ultimate goal, which has a huge supply of Tritium; something Earth has very little of. Its required for nuclear fusion. But I guess that's too much for alot of the simple mminds up here to understand.
  • by oops on Jan 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    They say 100% clean energy. Wonder how much of the normal energy it cost to build. Don't you just love the tree hugger lies.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM
    Nobody, I mean NOBODY gets more in subsidies than big oil. I mean you talk about putting it to the taxpayer. Big Oil rules.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:54 PM in reply to Barlow
      And Nobody has more paid politicians, than Big Oil.
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      by Back on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM in reply to Barlow
      And what does this country require to run on? Alot of you seem to think the Koolaid you've been drinking.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    This is what America should be all about. Free market choices. Free market capital investment. If solar (or wind) is the next great wave in our energy future then it will be successful. If not it will go under and WE THE TAXPAYERS will not be on the hook for it. I do believe there are practical uses for solar and wind power. They can certainly be a part of our energy but it will never replace oil and natural gas. Throw in some coal, nuclear and hydroelectric and we are ready to go!!
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      by Back on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM in reply to Dave
      You make too much sense for liberal tree huggers Dave.
  • by In due time... on Jan 30, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    ...this thing will probably sit abandoned, the original investment lost. That's okay unless any part of the capital was/is funded by taxpayers in the form of subsidy or these so called 'free money' grants. These ventures should and must be private sector funded, otherwise they typically gonna end up, well, you know!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    Nuclear Power, charging your batteries on Cloudy, Still, Days......Wait till the locals pay their utility bills in the area. As soon as the subsidy runs out, their money will pay for the farm. The cost of alternative energy will necessarily go up....Barrack H Obama....
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      by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 02:04 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Where have you been, they have been going up for the last 10 years.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:32 PM in reply to
        On the Moon, with Newt!
  • by Wind on Jan 30, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Wind is much less expensive then solar and Eastern NC has plenty of it. Look at NCState's work on the wind potential of the NC Coastline, Its incredible
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      by Really? - DC on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:41 AM in reply to Wind
      I have to agree. I think that solar would be better served in like Denver or Southern California where there is much more consistent sun, with wind being the primary source here. I mean, if this company thinks they can make money, then so be it - this is the free market - that will help determine whether it is a success or failure. And if it does fail, we should not be quick to say the technology was the failure, but perhaps the weather conditions here might just stink for solar power.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM in reply to Really? - DC
        The problem is, this is not a free market. It is subsidized with tax credits, just like wind. Solyndra went bankrupt from a loan by taxpayers and now another one is filed Chapter 11. What we are going to be subsidizing? Chinese solar panels. Its like the windmills, sound good for NC until you find out what it costs, what the maintenance cost would be and now much it costs to go on the grid. Hey, you get a federal tax credit...the windmills are made in China too. You will never get your costs out of them or return on investment and if you did go to put one up, the environmental assessment, bird protestors and eyesore naturalists can block you.
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          by Barlow on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Don't even talk about subsidies unless you want to discuss the billions upon billions of tax dollars used to subsidize big oil. The president tried to do away with them and what did the Repugs say? What did they say?
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          by facts jack on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Obama also backed new nuclear in Georgia with $8 billion in loan guarantees. All energy is subsidized because today's investors are looking for quick returns (i.e. the house flipping craze) and are no longer willing to invest in long term projects like utilities. That's why the NC Utilities Commission now allows Duke & Progress to charge rate payers for power plant construction in advance. The investor pool is shrinking and so we have to have some public/private partnerships if we hope to keep America powered up.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 02:06 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          So, you are against windmills, but ready to jump on Newts bandwagon to go to the Moon?
  • by ECU_Grad on Jan 30, 2012 at 07:42 AM
    Did a project when obtaining my B.S. in Engineering about solar power in eastern N.C. With the amount of sunshine, storms, hurricanes, etc....all based on 20-25 years od data the break even point of these types of systems are usually a minimum of 30 years. The intial cost and maintenance cost of solar panels far outway the good they do. Why? Because by the time you break even you would need to replace the system.
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      by - on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to ECU_Grad
      Do give us problems, give us solutions....
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      by What?? on Jan 30, 2012 at 02:10 PM in reply to ECU_Grad
      A growing recognition that mid-sized solar farms deliver significant benefits to consumers and utilities. Solar farms, like the 1 MW facility which Convergence Energy has built in Delavan, Wisconsin provide several advantages. Solar farms allow consumers or small businesses to locate solar away from homes and buildings. The result is that architectural issues are eliminated. Investors in solar farms also benefit because their solar systems don’t need to be moved if they relocate. Solar farms can be designed for optimal output, with no issues from shading or orientation or limited size. This means that solar farms generally deliver higher return on investment.
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        by Back on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:21 AM in reply to What??
        So you're saying that regardless of the amount of sunlight received, panels deliver a high return on investment? You should have taken Physics instead of Art Appreciation. You would have learned something useful.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    And thinking we can just quit burning fossil fuels and go full steam ahead with inefficient and costly green is completely naive, foolish, stupid, dangerous, and idiotic. Extreme liberals are a cancer that is destroying the country and if they had their way America would be invaded and occupied by another country within 10 years.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 07:44 AM in reply to Back
      And from this article you came to all those conclusions how????
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      by Front on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:07 AM in reply to Back
      Invaded and occupied? Hmmm, seems like to me our military under a Liberal President directed our Navy Seals to take out the sole cause of 9/11. The only cancer you speak of is the fear mongering media outlets and their spokespeople who want you to actually think that way to make this country further divided. Blind following the blind.
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        by Sideways (LOL) on Jan 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM in reply to Front
        Our liberal president only did what he felt he had to do. If he had his way we never would have gotten Bin Laden and lets not forget that it was Bush's policies, that Obama promised to cease upon taking office, that found him in the first place. You can believe the liberal media if you like and if you liberals win in 2012 I guarantee you we will be attacked again. It has nothing to do with our politicians, it has everything to do with the fact that the terrorists hate us and they will not just go away if you say pretty please! Lastly, Obama has divided this county and done a good job too, that is all his, you cannot blame Bush for that one, although I know you will try. You people are so blind to the truth that I pity you.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM in reply to Sideways (LOL)
          Again ....Fox News
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        by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM in reply to Front
        Fox News
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        by Back on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM in reply to Front
        Sorry champ...its called learning from history...just another concept liberals can't seem to understand. Sorry to burst your tiny bubble.
  • by Brian Location: Greenville on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    This is great news! I'm glad to see something like this in Eastern NC!
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