Updated 07/21/2011 08:36 PM
NC becomes popular place for solar farms
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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Energy efficient solar farms are quickly become a hot trend in North Carolina. This week, a longstanding Piedmont electrical contractor opened the gates to a new farm. Some say the state is the prime location for the energy technology.
As talks continue on the possibility of the world's largest solar farm coming to the Triad, an electrical company that's served the Piedmont for 50 years is already jumping on the energy bandwagon.
"The solar industry is very appealing to our company because not only can it cut down their industry costs and their overall demand of energy, but it's also a great tax benefit. You can get a state and federal tax incentive as well as decelerated appreciation," said Ryan Saunders, of Beco Inc.
This week, Beco Incorporated opened the gates to their own solar farm, one that can generate half of their building's electricity a year. And it's a move they hope others across the state jump on board with.
"We want to install them on residents and commercial buildings all over the state," Saunders added.
And at the same time a Florida based company toured Greensboro for the second time, searching for potential land to place a possible 80-mega-watt facility, similar to this one in Caswell County.
Right now, National Solar Power of Florida is looking at Greensboro and six other cities as possible sites for their new solar farm project. We're told they're currently considering the White Street Landfill and another unnamed location.
Their plan is to have construction underway on what could be the world's largest solar farm.. by the second quarter of next year.
"For solar farm development, apparently North Carolina has the most agreeable laws at the state level and the state level impacts the local level as it relates to property tax," said Greensboro Economic Development Director Dan Lynch.
"As North Carolina is a very popular and growing state in general so, the combination together works well,” added Saunders.
But the solar farm in High Point won't just be used for energy. Pretty soon it will become an educational tool as they being to give tours to area school kids and the community.
"We really want to use this as a a building block for our clean energy economy in North Carolina and the Triad," Saunders said.