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Biltmore Estate In North Carolina To Install Solar Energy Farm

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 4:12 pm by Solar Energy USA

A prominent American icon in North Carolina is going solar.


The famous Biltmore Estate recently announced the installation of 5,000 solar panels on some six acres of land. The solar project will be one of the largest to date in the state of North Carolina.

Biltmore Estate uses an average of four megawatts (MW) of energy each month, and this solar addition will help offset a quarter of that.

But sustainability is nothing new at the estate according to a local North Carolina newspaper. “George Vanderbilt had envisioned a self-sufficient country estate modeled after private manors in Europe when he had Biltmore constructed in the late 1800s. The main house once had its own generator that created enough power for the 250-room home with electricity left over to sell to the city of Asheville.”

“Vanderbilt probably would have used solar panels had they been available in 1895,” said Kathleen Mosher, communications director at the estate.

Other environmental efforts at the estate including sustainable forestry, soil and water conservation, employee environmental teams, field-to-table initiatives, recycling, and waste stream reduction. Biltmore also won the Triple Bottom Line Award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2008.

The state of North Carolina is one of the most progressive when it comes to renewable energy like solar power. Duke Energy, a major power provider in the state, generates much of its energy from 7 solar panel farms they own throughout the state. Over 14,000 people are employed in clean energy jobs across NC.