1 MW AC | Mount Airy, NC | Commissioned Oct. 2011
Mount Airy, NC
October 10, 2011
Mount Airy, NC, the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the basis for his popular show's town Mayberry, has gone solar.
Tens of thousands of people visit Mount Airy each year in search of a simpler time and place, but this is a city that is preserving the best of its past while embracing its future, said Olee Joel Olsen, managing director at O2 Energies. The six-acre solar farm opening today will generate clean energy for the residents and businesses of Mount Airy for generations to come.
Mayberry Solar began in 2010 as a vision between O2energies and the City of Mount Airy. The six acre, 1.2 megawatt solar power plant represents one of the largest private investments in Surry County at a time when all other economic sectors are struggling. During daylight hours, the Mayberry Solar farm will generate electricity into the Duke Energy grid that will power hundreds of homes and small businesses. The multi-million dollar project has created work for more than 100 individuals in over 40 local and in-state companies, setting the stage for a new era of growth in this exciting new industry.