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Biltmore Estate Completes Major North Carolina Solar Installation

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 3:58 pm by Solar Energy USA
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Biltmore Estate Completes Major North Carolina Solar Installation

North Carolina’s solar power generation capacity recently expanded with the completion of a six-acre, 1.5 megawatt (MW) solar installation at the world-renown Biltmore Estate in Western North Carolina.

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According to Chuck Pickering, Biltmore’s head of agricultural relations in Asheville, “We [were] seeking at ways to unequivocally make a difference, both inside of our rural operations and our appetite supply.” It has been previously reported that Biltmore Estate uses an average of 4 MW of energy each month. At a conservative power rate of $0.05 per kWh that comes out to an average energy bill of $200,000 dollars. Multiply that by 12 months in a year and you can easily see why a photovoltaic solar installation was considered. The recent solar addition will reportedly help offset a quarter of the Asheville-based destination resort’s total energy usage.

“We’ve been working hard for several years to put [green] things in to practice,” Pickering added.

The 5,000 panel solar installation can be seen along Interstate 40 in Asheville.

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