Company completes local installation


First Posted: 9/4/2010

LAURINBURG A company based in neighboring Scotland County is boasting that its brought solar power to Lumberton.
On July 1, Simmons completed the installation of a 3.6 kW SunPower solar power system on a dental office in Lumberton.
We are very proud to bring solar to Lumberton. This project will produce clean power for decades to come, said Scott Cole, manager of Commercial and Solar Divisions for Simmons Heating-Cooling-Electrical Inc.
The business 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. Most people have never considered the power company could write them a check, Cole said.
The power system is comprised of 16 all black SunPower 225 watt solar modules mounted on the roof of the dental office building on 27th Street.
The system will produce more than 5,000 kWh of power each year. The power will offset more than 6,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to planting 42 mature trees each year, the company said.
Solar is really moving from the fringe and into the mainstream, Cole said. A lot of homeowners do not realize that solar is more affordable than ever and makes a great investment. Then of course, there are the environmental benefits of using the sun to produce clean power. Solar is no longer just a dream its here, he said.
After some research, the dentist, Colin Osborne III, concluded that solar photovoltaic energy would be a realistic option.
Clean energy production, financial security against rising energy costs, and significant tax incentives which can cover 65 to 80 percent of the purchase price were some of the factors in making a decision to go solar cited by Osborne, the company said.
Unlike companies that only manufacture solar panels, Simmons has franchises that install and maintain the systems, according to Cole.
Established in 1953, Simmons serves clients covering 20 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina providing residential, commercial, and industrial sales and service in the heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, and solar renewable energy.
For information, call (910) 739-3333 or (910) 276-2790.

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