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Municipal Community Solar Project Completed In N.C.

A new project in Fayetteville, N.C., is being touted as North Carolina’s first municipal community solar project. The 1 MW, 3,384-panel facility is located adjacent to Fayetteville Public Works Commission’s (PWC) Butler-Warner Generation Plant in northeast Cumberland County. The project, which also includes battery storage, is expected to produce 1.5 million kWh annually. The community solar project will allow residential and commercial electric customers to pay a one-time enrollment fee of $20 for the first panel and then $10 for each additional

Horne Brothers Construction completes 1-MW community solar project in North Carolina

Horne Brothers Construction (HBC) has completed the civil and mechanical construction on a 1-MW community solar project in North Carolina for municipal utility Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC). Other local partners on the project include the NC State Clean Energy Technology Center, Dewberry and Directional Services. The project is located beside the Butler-Warner Generation Plant, which is owned by Fayetteville PWC. “Community solar will allow our customers to subscribe and invest in solar and get the benefits of solar without having to

Pile On: Horne Brothers Construction explains the dramatic growth of its solar division

The solar division of Horne Brothers Construction is hitting its stride in today’s hot market. Based in Fayetteville, N.C., the division has expanded from around 30 employees to over 400 in just three years. The highly specialized company handles everything from driving piles and installing racking and modules to land clearing and erosion control. “Many of the companies we work for started in the solar industry around the same time we did, and as their needs expanded, so did our services,” explains Tom

Horne shines in R’boro

ROSEBORO — Brand new signs aren’t the only thing taking root in town, as a solar industry is blooming and already providing jobs to residents in Roseboro and across Sampson County. Roseboro dignitary Roland Hall addressed the town board about the industrial prospect at the top of its meeting earlier this week, noting that in mid-January, word started spreading that someone was buying Dorman Chevrolet. “You know how rumors are, everyone wanted to know what is going on,” said Hall. “You couldn’t

Solar energy has a bright future in North Carolina

Building wireless towers has been good to Horne Brothers Construction for three decades. Three years ago, Jack and Charles Horne saw another technology opportunity. When they first created the solar division, travel was far: California, Indiana, Massachusetts and Georgia. But business was good, and they went. “We saw a niche nobody else had filled,” Jack said. “We worked all over when we got started. “Then North Carolina started booming.” And one of the largest installers of solar farms on the East Coast, though still traveling,

N.C. jumps to second place for solar energy

North Carolina ranks second in the U.S. for solar energy capacity after a huge number of installations last year, an industry report says. The Solar Energy Industries Association says the state had 2,295 megawatts of solar capacity at mid-year. Half that was installed in 2015, when solar developers raced to build projects before state tax credits for 35 percent of their cost expired at year’s end. North Carolina passed Arizona for second place overall. Both trail far behind California, which has nearly

Solar energy has a bright future in North Carolina

Building wireless towers has been good to Horne Brothers Construction for three decades. Three years ago, Jack and Charles Horne saw another technology opportunity. Solar. When they first created the solar division, travel was far: California, Indiana, Massachusetts and Georgia. But business was good, and they went. “We saw a niche nobody else had filled,” Jack said. “We worked all over when we got started. “Then North Carolina started booming.” And one of the largest installers of solar farms on the East Coast, though still traveling,