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Western NC's Largest Solar Facility Set For Asheville

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8/25/2008 - Western NC's Largest Solar Facility Set For Asheville
by David Horn

ASHEVILLE -- Appalachian Energy will create the largest solar array in the western region of North Carolina. The regional alternative energy provider said the 75-kilowatt installation in Asheville should be completed by the end of 2008.

The project is part of the largest contract in Appalachian Energy's seven-year history. The company is partnering with Jim Barkley Toyota to provide a turnkey solar energy system that will be the largest photovoltaic installation in Western North Carolina.

Next month Appalachian Energy will begin installation of 336 solar panels on the roof of the Jim Barkley Toyota building in Asheville. The dealership will be able to sell electricity to Progress Energy.

It was a business decision that made good financial sense based on the federal and state tax credits available, as well as the collaboration with Progress Energy and Appalachian Energy, said Jim Barkley, CEO of Jim Barkley Toyota. This deal is another example of how business leaders are turning to solar power to boost their revenues, said Appalachian Energy CEO Scott Clark. The value of the contract between Appalachian Energy and Jim Barkey Toyota was not released.

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