Leeward Renewable Energy starts construction on 100-MW North Carolina solar project

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construction started on leeward renewable energyOak Trail solar facility near Moyok, North Carolina. LRE will sell 100 MW of renewable energy generated by Oak Trail Solar to Verizon Communications under a long-term power purchase agreement.

“Verizon is committed to protecting the planet by supporting renewable energy production and the transition to a greener U.S. energy grid,” said Verizon Chief Sustainability Officer. said James Gowen, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain. “Renewable energy generated by the Oak Trail Solar Project will help our operations achieve net zero emissions by 2035.”

blue ridge power Serving as an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor and committed to hiring qualified local workers. Oak Trail Solar is expected to create approximately 280 jobs at peak construction and provide a property tax base for Currituck County and local schools.

Josh Bass, president of the Currituck Chamber of Commerce, said: “In addition to helping North Carolina meet its clean energy goals, this project will have a significant and positive economic impact on the county and schools without straining the county’s infrastructure. We are proud and excited to have Oak Trail Solar a part of our community.”

LRE projects are managed throughout the project lifecycle. Oak Trail Solar will use First Solar modules, and as part of its commitment to land stewardship, LRE will use 30% of the project area to establish pollinator habitat and remove native vegetation for screening. and planning to plant wildflowers.

“Oak Trail Solar is another milestone in the growth of LRE’s renewable energy portfolio and aligns the project with our core values ​​of protecting and respecting the environment and communities in which we operate. It’s an example of how to manage it.” Vice President of Project Execution for LRE. “LRE is focused on creating lasting value with our communities by building and maintaining strong, long-term relationships. I look forward to supporting their efforts to do so.”

The project is expected to reach commercial operation by mid-2023.

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