NM company plans solar plant near Asheville

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SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe, N.M., company says it is asking the state government in North Carolina to approve plans for a large solar power generation project.

Amenergy Inc. hopes to install more than 90,000 solar panels on six tracts of private land at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville. The plant will be capable of producing more than 21 megawatts of electricity for sale to regional power provider Progress Energy.

Amenergy managing partner Bill Oglesby tells the Santa Fe New Mexican for a story in Sunday’s editions that the project has been under development for about two years.

Oglesby says officials in North Carolina might hold public hearings as the project moves through the local permitting process. It would rival the state’s largest existing solar installations if completed.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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