Going solar

First Posted: 2/26/2010

LAURINBURG A Laurinburg heating and air conditioning company recently installed a solar power system that can offset more than 20,000 pounds of emissions and may be the largest of its kind in the Carolinas.
Simmons Heating-Cooling-Electrical installed a 12.2 kW SunPowersolar power system on a residence in nearby Nichols, S.C., on Dec. 31.
Scott Cole, president of the Solar Power Systems Division, said this installation was a real accomplishment for the Laurinburg company.
We are very proud to complete such a cutting-edge project, Cole said. We are not aware of any residential systems of this size in the Carolinas, which makes this project really special. This project will produce clean power for decades to come.
The homeowner will also benefit from significant tax credits and utility power purchases to make this project an investment that will yield excellent returns for many, many years..
Imagine, this customer is going to get a check from the power company. Most people have never considered the power company could write them a check, he said.
The power system is comprised of 54 all black SunPower225 watt solar modules mounted on the roof. The system will produce more than 16,000 kWh of power each year. The power will offset more than 20,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to planting 140 mature trees each year, or removing one car from the road every year, according to the company.

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