Eastern North Carolina has diversified its electricity sources with the help of green energy technology installed at the North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP). Greenfield Power, a Charlotte-based solar firm, completed a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at GTP and Progress Energy Carolinas now uses that power output to serve its customers.Â Â This is the first major solar PV installation in the Kinston area.
The 250-kilowatt (kW) PV array is designed to produce approximately 325,000 kilowatt-hours per year. This annual output will offset more than 100 percent of the electricity used in the Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center of Excellence, the GTP’s onsite education and training facility.
“The production and use of clean energy in business operations is becoming an industry standard. By partnering with Greenfield Power and Progress Energy on this solar photovoltaic system, we are demonstrating to the business community that we are aware of and able to respond to its needs,” says Darlene Waddell, executive director of the Global TransPark.
The GTP is a 2,500 acre, multi-modal industrial park offering access to air, rail, highways, and North Carolina’s two international ports. The GTP is in Lenoir County, located near several major military installations, and designed to attract aerospace and logistics-related companies and bring increased economic opportunities to the state.