$7M solar farm planned in Sanford

A Pennsylvania developer aims to build a $7 million solar farm in Sanford, according to documents it filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission earlier this week.

The 2-megawatt facility at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Garden Street should be up and running by October if approved by the agency, developer Community Energy Inc. wrote in its application.

Site owner Brick Capital Community Development expects to lease the site to Community Energy for 25 years, according to Kate Rumely, the group’s executive director. It plans to use the revenue to fund its projects for disabled and low-income residents.

Community Energy Inc. aims to build a $7 million solar farm in Sanford.

Two megawatts of capacity is more than 200 residential rooftop solar arrays, given that those almost always have less than 10 kilowatts of capacity. About 275 megawatts of solar generating capacity was either installed or in the development process across the state as of early March, according to the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.