225-acre solar farm planned for Currituck County

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SHAWBORO, N.C. (AP) — A 225-acre solar farm is expected to be in operation in Currituck County by the end of next year.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/1oAnPO5 ) that Ecoplexus Inc. of San Francisco has state and county permits to begin construction on the $25 million project next spring. The project is to be completed by the end of 2015.

The solar farm in Shawboro would have more than 86,000 solar panels and be capable of producing 20 megawatts of power — enough for almost 2,000 homes.

"This particular site offered the right combination of size, suitable terrain, and very close proximity to utility infrastructure," said Nathan Rogers, project development manager for Ecoplexus

The company says the project would be the biggest of its kind in North Carolina east of Raleigh. With nearly 70 solar farms, North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation in solar power production, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

"It's hard to find a negative as far as the county is concerned," said Ben Woody, Currituck County planner, pointing out the solar farm should not be a drain on local public services.

Dominion North Carolina Power would purchase the power from the solar farm.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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