City Council Approves Solar Plant

Green Energy

July, 07, 2009, by David

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Today the city council voted to move forward with negotiating a lease agreement with Southern Energy and NxGen Power for a 10 acre lot at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant to contain a “1.3-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array”  that would then sell power to Progress Energy.  The array is the 3rd such project by Southern Energy, a Raleigh company started in 2001.

The proposed solar array will produce 1.7 million kilowatt-hours a year (or 1.3 MKH depending on Progress Energy’s numbers) or .02 percent (.0002) of the power output of Shearon Harris - the area’s nuclear power plant. 

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  • VaNC
    07/07 06:04 PM


  • TSnow27604
    07/07 06:04 PM

    I applaud this move and hopefully it is the start of a move toward renewable energy production and not just window-dressing.  And I still think the top of the convention center is a missed opportunity for a PV solar system.  Has anyone seen that space from Two Hannover?

  • TSnow27604
    07/07 06:12 PM

    Oh, and on top of or on the grounds of almost all of Wake County Public Schools.  I would love to see the county and Progress Energy get together on school projects that not only produce clean, sustainable power but also teach generations of kids about the science and conservation aspects as well.  Maybe something like Progress pays for them, gets the great PR and the power until they are paid for, and then WCPSS gets a percentage after that?

  • Aaron
    07/07 10:43 PM

    That is actually a really good idea, T Snow. Building things is just one thing, but teaching an entire generation to be smart about the things they do every day is something even more great.

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