Recently completed construction in North Carolina has birthed the latest green power resource in the latest solar project that has integrated the use of photovoltaic panels to provide energy to the building and surrounding areas. The 1.26-megawatt (MW) solar PV array is being planned to be used by the clients of Progress Energy to incorporate a greater use of green power in the area. The project is completely operational and solar power is being distributed to surrounding areas and successfully cutting the carbon footprint in the area by as much as 100 tons annually in the attempt to meet the government legislation requirements on renewable energy in the area.
Thousands of professionals where brought in to build the warehouse and assemble the massive array and distribution technology, including a strong party of eco technicians and mezzanine floor companies to design the multi tiered warehouse housing the green technology. While currently Progress Energy is making use of methane landfill gas and bio fuels to increase the amount of green energy produced, this new venture of utilising warehouse roofing for the solar project will definitely improve the production in the area and can produce as much as 1.5 million kilowatt-hours per year, enough to fully power about 200 average households. In conjunction with energy efficient practices and the public conforming to changes in energy usage, projects such as this making use of solar power, can cut emissions and pollution in the area.
Large installations such as this are increasing in green design and many storage companies are looking at the options of adding these green additions to their buildings, not only to cover their own power needs, but also to conform to law and perhaps even sell off excess power to regional power authorities. All the additional needs for housing and distributing solar power from a project such as this can be housed on a simple mezzanine floor construction, which is often an easy addition for space in a warehouse. Success showed in a solar project such as this seen in North Carolina should have knock on effects for the local green initiatives and spur forward growth of eco power practices in the United States.