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NC Global TransPark Installs Solar Power System

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KINSTON, NC – Eastern North Carolina has diversified its electricity sources with the help of green energy technology installed at the N.C. Global TransPark. 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. This is the first major solar PV installation in the Kinston area.

The ribbon-cutting at GTP on Jan. 24 included N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll; N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti; Global TransPark Executive Director Darlene Waddell; Greenfield Power President Tom Kepper; and Progress Energymarks Region Vice President Bob McCall. The Raleigh-based utility is using electricity made by a system installed by a Charlotte-based solar firm at the GTP.

Says Dale Carroll, “Governor Bev Perdue's priorities for our state are clearly at work here today at this event. Her focus on finding appropriate ways to procure cost effective services from North Carolina businesses helps rebuild our economy. In this case North Carolinians designed, installed, and will operate this solar array. Moreover, for a North Carolina small business – Greenfield Power – to join the GTP and Progress Energy Carolinas to add this solar array to our economic infrastructure in eastern North Carolina realizes her vision for leveraging green energy."

The 250-kilowatt 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," said Waddell.

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.

The array is unique to North Carolina state-run facilities. "Greenfield Power believes this solar module installation is a model for facilities considering solar energy and also a model of teamwork between utilities, entrepreneurs and the state government," said Kepper. This project brought construction jobs to North Carolina in addition to significant equipment purchases.

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