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Solar Energy Education Meeting

Dare County‚Äôs Cooperative Extension will host a solar education meeting to explain the technology, construction, regulations, and economics of the utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are increasing across North Carolina. In addition to providing an understanding of the development and operation of these solar electricity generating facilities, attendees will learn about the various impacts of these systems on the community and the environment. All are encouraged to attend this educational session on August 23, 2017 to be held in the the Dare County Commissioners meeting room at 954 Marshall C Collins Drive in Manteo at 6:00 p.m                                       

Tommy Cleveland, Solar PV Engineer, P.E., Advanced Energy and Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center N.C. State University will address common questions about PV panel toxicity, EMF/radiation, economic impacts, system decommissioning, and more. They will also discuss the characteristics that make a site most suitable for solar and provide an overview of solar land leases. An opportunity for attendee questions and answers will be provided after a 50-minute presentation.

North Carolina is experiencing rapid growth in utility scale solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association ranked North Carolina number two in the U.S. for cumulative installed solar capacity in 2016. The objectives of the Dare County meeting are to educate attendees and to answer questions about solar opportunities within the County. These topics may include: solar basics, environmental health and safety issues, landowner considerations, land use and impacts, local regulatory topics, solar policy, local economic implications, and also non-utility scale solar topics such as residential, commercial and community solar.  

NC Cooperative Extension delivers research-based education and technology from NC State and N.C. A&T that enriches the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Extension professionals in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee provide educational programs specializing in agriculture, youth, communities, health and the environment.  The Dare County NC Cooperative Extension office is located at 517 Budleigh Street, Manteo, NC 27954. For further information about NC Cooperative Extension or the Solar Energy Education Meeting on August 23, 2017 please contact Shannon Brooks, Dare County Extension Director, at 252.473.4290.

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