As Solarize Asheville-Buncombe County Looks to Expand Crowd-Sourced Solar, We Examine the Impacts of SACE’s Solar System in Asheville
SACE installed solar at our Asheville office in 2014 as part of 'Solarize Asheville.' A new effort to Solarize Asheville-Buncombe kicks off tomorrow. So we'd like to share an update. The SACE array was officially interconnected to the Duke Energy Progress grid on May 2, 2014. Since then, our system has produced 46.6 MWh, prevented over 32,700 kg of CO2 emissions, and saved over $8,500 for our organization. In the non-profit space, reducing operational cost frees up resources to devote toward our mission.
It was Spring 2014. Barack Obama was President. The first BMW i3 electric vehicles hit the road in the U.S. People were using iPhone 5s. “12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for Best Picture. Pharrell Williams’ song reminded us to clap along because we’re “Happy.” And SACE installed solar at our Asheville office.
Our project was one of 52 that resulted from Solarize Asheville, a program designed to help homeowners and small businesses join together to collectively lower the cost and increase the ease of solar installations. And since a new (2021) effort to Solarize Asheville-Buncombe kicks off tomorrow, April 7, we thought now would be a good time to share an update on the impact our system has had thus far.
Solarize campaigns have proven extremely effective at lowering costs and minimizing complexity for homeowners (and in some cases businesses) interested in going solar. The original Asheville campaign was no exception with over 370 enrolled, at least 50 contracts signed, and over 230 kilowatts installed.
Our solar array at 46 Orchard Street is a dual-axis solar tracker with 24 SunPower (327 Watt) mono-crystalline modules and a “smart” SolarEdge Inverter for a total of 7.8 kW (dc) or 6.9 kW (ac). Below is a photo from the 2014 installation and a whole album of photos can be viewed here.
We offer this charging service to local community EV drivers who are enthused about Driving on Sunshine. More information is available about obtaining a dashboard card to take advantage of this opportunity.
2021 Solarize Asheville-Buncombe
If you’ve been interested in solar and you live in Buncombe County, the time is right! To learn more about the new Solarize Asheville-Buncombe program, visit this site, where you can click on “Get Your Free Evaluation” to pre-register. At least of your 142 neighbors have already signed up.
I also encourage you to join Solarize Asheville-Buncombe on Wednesday, April 7 at 6 PM for a virtual launch event with special guests Buncombe County Commission Chair Brownie Newman and Vice-Mayor Sheneika Smith. This press release from last month includes more information about the program and the April 7 launch event.
Bryan joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in June 2017. As Solar Program Director, Bryan leads activities to promote solar power across the Southeast. These activities range from conducting…