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5 Libraries Going Solar


The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a $10.1 million solar energy project last summer to put a total of 39 solar installations on County facilities. Five Buncombe County libraries – Fairview, Leicester, North Asheville, Skyland/South Buncombe, and West Asheville – are included in this renewable energy effort.

The project is being installed by Buncombe County-based company MB Haynes Corporation and supervised by the Buncombe County Sustainability Office. Solar panels are already installed on the Leicester Library and the Fairview Library, with the other three libraries to follow in August and September. The entire library project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting.

Once they are operating, solar installations will supply about 70% of those library branches' annual energy consumption. The entire countywide project is predicted to save the county between $14 and $17 million in energy costs over the next 30 years.

Check out the Buncombe County Sustainability Office for more information on other county efforts on environmental sustainability.

Below are pictures of the Fairview and Leicester solar panel projects.