Work is quickly progressing at Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative’s Community Solar Garden, the Island Free Press reported.
The garden, which is on a 1.3-acre site next to the Hatteras Island Ocean Center in Hatteras village, was expected to be completed in 2015, but the project was stalled by soil problems and weather delays until last week. Concrete footers were being installed last week.
The 180 solar panels will provide about 50 kilowatts of energy.
This week, the co-op is expected to begin selling rights to the panels to its members for $685 each. Financing is available through the co-op.
Members who purchase the panels will get a credit on their monthly power bills during the next 20 years. The credit will vary according to the project’s output, but will probably be in the range of $2 to $3.