The Ararat Solar Farm began in 2011 as a partnership between developer O2 Energies and Ararat Rock Products, the quarry located at the end of quarry road. Each year, the solar farm will generate 6,300 megawatt-hours of clean electricity during times of peak demand. This is the equivalent of powering the electricity needs of 600 homes on an annual basis. Sheep are used to graze under the panels during the summer months to maintain the site, demonstrating a dual use for land.

This multi-million dollar investment created work for more than 100 individuals and over 20 local and in-state companies, setting the stage for a new era for renewable energy in North Carolina. We want to thank Duke Energy, Energy United, Ararat Rock Products, NARENCO, Surry County Economic Development Partnership, the town of Mt. Airy, Tom Webb, the Greater Mt. Airy Chamber of Commerce, Surry Community College, Workforce Carolinas, Surrey Bank and Trust, the USDA, and the dedicated individuals who helped to make this project a success.