KINSTON, N.C. - Eastern North Carolina has diversified its electricity sources with the help of green energy technology installed at the North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP). Greenfield Power, a Charlotte-based solar firm, completed a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at GTP and Progress Energy Carolinas now uses that power output to serve its customers. This is the first major solar PV installation in the Kinston area.
The ribbon-cutting at GTP today included Dale Carroll, Deputy Secretary of Commerce in North Carolina; Gene Conti, Secretary of Transportation for North Carolina; Darlene Waddell, executive director of Global TransPark; Tom Kepper, president of Greenfield Power, and Bob McCall, regional vice president for Progress Energy Carolinas, marks a special Carolinas collaboration. The Raleigh-based utility is using electricity made by a system installed by a Charlotte-based solar firm at the GTP.
Says Dale Carroll, "Governor Bev Perdue's priorities for our state are clearly at work here today at this event. Her focus on finding appropriate ways to procure cost effective services from North Carolina businesses helps rebuild our economy. In this case North Carolinians designed, installed and will operate this solar array. Moreover, for a North Carolina small business – Greenfield Power – to join the GTP and Progress Energy Carolinas to add this solar array to our economic infrastructure in eastern North Carolina realizes her vision for leveraging green energy."
The 250-kilowatt (kW) PV array is designed to produce approximately 325,000 kilowatt-hours per year. This annual output will offset more than 100 percent of the electricity used in the Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center of Excellence, the GTP's onsite education and training facility.
"The production and use of clean energy in business operations is becoming an industry standard. By partnering with Greenfield Power and Progress Energy on this solar photovoltaic system, we are demonstrating to the business community that we are aware of and able to respond to its needs," says Darlene Waddell, executive director of the Global TransPark.
The GTP is a 2,500 acre, multi-modal industrial park offering access to air, rail, highways, and North Carolina's two international ports. The GTP is in Lenoir County, located near several major military installations, and designed to attract aerospace and logistics-related companies and bring increased economic opportunities to the state.
The array is unique to North Carolina state-run facilities. "Greenfield Power believes this solar module installation is a model for facilities considering solar energy and also a model of teamwork between utilities, entrepreneurs and the state government," says Tom Kepper, president of Greenfield Power. This project brought construction jobs to North Carolina in addition to significant equipment purchases.
This solar PV project is made possible by Progress Energy Carolinas' SunSense® Commercial Solar PV program, designed to encourage the development of renewable energy by offering a premium price for solar power developed on commercial rooftops. The GTP array is the largest solar PV array under this program in Eastern North Carolina.
Greenfield Power is a renewable energy developer, contractor and independent power producer. The company manages the financing requirements to develop solar sites and secures agreements with the local electric utility provider at each site, in addition to procuring and installing solar panels.
MORE INFORMATION: br> Scott Carlberg, Public Affairs, Greenfield Power. 704-841-7649 br> Scott Sutton, Progress Energy. 877-641-6397 br> Alanna King, Marketing & Communications Manager, Global TransPark. 252-560-4733