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From Landfill to Solar Farm

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In what is being described as one of the most innovative government projects in North Carolina, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners recently agreed to use the site of a former county landfill as a solar farm.

According to Brownie Newman, chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, finding appropriate sites for solar farms in the mountains “is a challenge.” The former landfill site is unique because it sits on 25 acres of flat land in an otherwise mountainous region.

The solar farm is projected to create 18% of all of the energy necessary to support Buncombe County government.

Mike Trainor, S&A Communications

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