Community Solar Projects
Since 2014, the Fairview Solar Farm has played a vital role in leading our membership down a path towards economic and environmental sustainability.
Harnessing the power of the sun
We’re all fortunate to be nestled in the foothills of North Carolina, one of the most beautiful parts of the state. As your power provider and residents of this wonderful community, we feel our solar farm reperesents an important opportunity to improve the lives of our members in a few different ways.
Three reasons: to contribute to the sustainability of our environment, to reduce our wholesale power costs and to provide an educational opportunity for local students involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative.
Sustainability – The Fairview Solar Farm initially consisted of 360 panels, producing 100 kW of electricity. But in 2015, the farm's capacity was doubled to 200 kW. That's enough electricity to power 20 - 30 homes every year.
Affordability – Because of the location of the solar farm and the direction of the panels, we anticipate it will help us meet demand during system peaks, saving money by offsetting the need to purchase power during those peaks.
Education – Students learn best when they see lessons come to life. We bring students to our cooperative throughout the school year to teach them about the transmission and distribution of electricity, but we think getting to learn about solar energy is going to be really special for them.
The solar farm is located at the Fairview Breaker Station in Dobson, less than one mile from the intersection of Hwy. 268 and Wilmoth Road. To schedule a tour, contact SYEMC — (336) 356-8241.
What's to come?
A solar farm/battery storage microgrid is planned for the new Double Creek substation site on N.C. 268 just northeast of Pilot Mountain in Stokes County. It is tentatively set to go online in mid-2021.