Owned and Developed Projects

 

Timberlake Solar Farm

In August 2012 Carolina Solar Energy partnered with Piedmont Electric Cooperative to design, finance, construct, permit and commission a 240 kWdc (200 kWac) solar farm located on 3 acres of land in Timberlake NC.

Carolina Solar Energy was awarded a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) from Piedmont Electric Membership Cooperative (PEMC) to sell the energy, capacity and renewable energy certificates (RECs).

The PV Solar system will generate approximately 360,000 kWh each year.

This estimated annual power production will be equivalent to:

  • The annual energy needed to power 33 Average American homes
  • Not discharging approximately 240 Metric Tons of CO2 from a fossil fuel plant

 

Person County Airport

In August 2012 Carolina Solar Energy completed construction of a 3.0 MWdc solar farm on 24 acres of land adjacent to the Person County Regional Airport in Timberlake NC.

The system uses 12,600 Shuco 240 Watt polycrystalline PV solar modules mounted on a Schletter FS fixed tilt ground mount racking system.

Five SMA 500 KW Inverters covert the DC electricity generated to AC current. The system has been interconnected to the Progress Energy Carolinas 3-Phase distribution grid.

The PV Solar system generates approximately 3,948,000 kWh per year.

This power production is equivalent to the annual electricity needs of 360 average NC homes and will offset 8,108,160 tons of CO2 released by conventional fossil fuel power plants.

Person County Solar Park One

In August 2009 Carolina Solar Energy completed construction of a 650 kWdc solar farm on the site of the Person County Business and Industrial Center near Roxboro, N C. King Brothers Electric Company, Willie Bishop Construction and TROSA subcontracted with CSE and were an integral part of the construction process.The Carolina Solar Energy designed solar PV generator occupies about 4 acres at the intersection of HWY 501 and Crown Blvd just south of Roxboro. The system uses 3,420 High Efficiency CSI 190 WATT crystalline PV Solar modules and generates approximately 837,000 kilowatt-hours each year.

The energy that the Person County Solar Park produces is sold to Progress Energy Carolinas for distribution to its customers.

EM Johnson Water Treatment Plant

In November 2009 Carolina Solar Energy partnered with the City of Raleigh to build a 255- kWdc solar farm at the EM Johnson Water Treatment Plant off Falls of the Neuse Rd. in Raleigh, NC. The installation is comprised of 3400 panels on Schletter ballasted racking and produces approximately 346,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year which is sold to Duke Energy Progress for distribution to its customers.

The project was constructed with the help of subcontractors King Brothers Electric Company and TROSA on the roof of a 117,000 sq. ft. enclosed concrete structure that holds clear treated drinking water for the City of Raleigh.

 

 

North Carolina Zoo

In November 2007 Carolina Solar Energy built and began operating a 104 KWdc solar generator at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro NC. The solar installation is the roof of the Zoo’s new Solar Pointe Picnic Pavilions next to the North American entrance.

This custom design-build project consists of 612 Suntech high-efficiency 170 Watt PV panels mounted on top of the three 40′ by 80′ metal roofs for a total of 9,600 square feet. The solar electricity is sold to Randolph Electric Membership Cooperative and the renewable energy certificates (RECs), for the first five years of operation, were are sold to NC GreenPower.

North Carolina State University DOE Technology Demonstration Project

In October 2007 Carolina Solar Energy built and began operating a 75.6 KW solar farm on Lot 86 at NC State University opposite the RBC Arena in Raleigh NC. The project is located on top of a “brownfield” that was a former agricultural pesticide landfill.

The electricity generated is sold to Progress Energy under an avoided-cost contract and the renewable energy certificates (RECs), for the first five years of operation, were sold to NC GreenPower under a separate. This project won a prestigious US Department of Energy “Brownfields to Brightfields” Technology Demonstration Grant which helped CSE cover the extra costs of permitting a project on a “brownfield” and developing a unique foundation system that did not disturb the landfill. Instead of grading and digging into the site for concrete foundations, a recycled plastic foundation system designed by SunEdison allowed the solar arrays to be constructed and ballasted on top of the existing uneven ground.

The project consists of 432 ground mounted, high-efficiency SolarWorld 175 Watt PV panels arranged in 12 arrays of 36 collectors each.