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Solar Project for Avery Christmas Tree Farm PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 06:25

A Cornelius company will be generating electricity from the sun at an Avery County Christmas tree farm, according to a release from the company.  O2 Energies has closed financing of a $5 million solar project that will allow the 900-kilowatt Avery Solar installation, large enough to serve about 120 homes. The equipment will occupy six acres near Newland, and is expected to be finished by mid-September. O2 specializes in solar photovoltaic projects, and bank officials say it is one of the first such solar deals financed by an N.C. bank.  Electricity produced by the solar farm will be sold to Mountain Electric Cooperative in Mountain City, Tenn. Mountain Electric will also get renewable-energy certificates that represent the solar power it purchases, helping meet North Carolina's 2007 mandate that 0.2 percent of their energy come from the sun by 2018. The Avery installation will offset about 2.5 million pounds a year of carbon dioxide. The 10-week construction project will provide work for about 80 engineers, contractors and installers, according to the O2 release.

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