Habul spoke to a crowd of about 50 at the site Monday.
He said building in the region allows his company to have a significant local impact — making a more important contribution to the tax base than would be possible in more developed communities.
“We also filled the hotels here, we bought a lot of diesel here, we hired local businesses,” he said.
And there are advantages for SunEnergy1 as well. Building the project in the northeast part of the state, which is served by Virginia-based Dominion Power, allows his company to take advantage of selling power to the PJM Interconnect system. PJM serves the mid-Atlantic states and as far west as Ohio, and it allows SunEnergy1 to sell electricity directly to users. North Carolina requires small power producers such as Habul’s company to sell power to utilities for resale, which Habul says severely restricts solar development.
State and local politicians, community leaders and business people from the Charlotte region involved in the project, as well as potential solar investors, were among the attendees at the dedication Monday morning and were part of a larger crowd at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth that afternoon. A slideshow of the day’s events can be viewed at right.
Charlotte Business Journal by John Downey, Senior Staff Writer
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 11:39am EST