ESA Renewables Moves Earth for Wingate Solar Farm

After leveling 26 feet of land, ESA Renewables completes construction of a 1 MW solar farm in Cherokee County, North Carolina.

Lake Mary, FL., May  19, 2011 – ESA Renewables, LLC recently commissioned a 1 megawatt (MW) solar farm in Murphy, North Carolina. The solar installation is located on a 16 acre parcel of land. Prior to construction, the site required extensive earth moving work, including the leveling of 26 feet of dirt to balance out the site for optimal installation and energy generation.

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Murphy, North Carolina, is the county seat of Cherokee County located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. This small community of less than 2,000 residents will benefit from the renewable energy generated from the 1 MW solar farm as all of the power generated will be sold back to the Tennessee Valley Authority providing power to the local utility grid.

“Renewable energy installations like Wingate aid the movement toward clean solar energy powering homes and businesses across the country,” said Jeffrey Burkett, president of ESA Renewables. “ESA is pleased to be an integral part of that movement.”

TThe farm was designed, engineered, procured, constructed and managed by ESA Renewables, LLC. ESA will operate and maintain the farm for the duration of the 10-year contract.

The solar array consists of approximately 4,340 230 watt Canadian Solar polycrystalline modules, which are known for their industry leading PTC efficiency ratings. The system will produce an estimated 1.3 million kilowatt-hours each year, which is enough to power more than 150 average sized homes. As well, the PV system reduces carbon emissions of 936 tons of CO2 a year, which is the equivalent of 4,681 trees sequestered annually.

“The installation of this clean energy project has had a large community impact through job creation,” said Jeffrey Burkett, president of ESA Renewables. “Eighteen local construction workers, supervisors, electricians and engineers have been employed since its inception.”

About ESA Renewables, LLC
Located in Lake Mary, FL, ESA Renewables has positioned itself as a leader in the industry providing turnkey solar PV systems globally. ESA owns and operates a diverse portfolio of over 400 solar PV power generating facilities located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy. ESA’s scope of services for these projects includes financing, engineering, construction, procurement and commissioning and long term operation and maintenance. With headquarters in Castellon Spain, ESA has additional offices in Florida, Puerto Rico, France and Italy. For more information about ESA Renewables, LLC, please visit or call 407-268-6455.

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