Capitol Broadcasting is now an electricity producer.
A 1-megawatt solar “farm” that recently was constructing at WRAL TV’s antenna site in Garner is generating electricity that is being purchased by Progress Energy.
The power generated is enough for about 100 homes.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The solar array is the first in the state to be constructed around a TV station tower.
Baker Renewable Energy installed the farm.
“We make it company policy to be as innovative as possible when it comes to our investments and our impact on the community,” said Jim Goodmon, president and chief executive officer of Capitol Broadcasting Company. “We hope our solar array at our Garner satellite station will be utilized as a learning tool for everyone from schoolchildren to executives in similar industries to learn about renewable energy.”
Progress is purchasing the electricity as part of its state-required mandate to generate power from renewable sources.
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