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Alpha Install adds solar array to its building in Pittsboro

Posted Monday, January 13, 2014

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Pittsboro, NC - Two years ago Alpha Install made the choice to relocate its operations to Pittsboro. The company purchased the old Chevy dealership on Highway 15-501 and proceeded to work with the Town of Pittsboro, the Chatham County Economic Development Corp., and the NC Rural Center to create jobs and enhance the empty property utilizing a reuse grant.

Citizens have noticed a lot of activity and the new facade, but perhaps were unaware of the HVAC improvements, interior updates, a planned electric vehicle charging station and the rooftop mounted solar panels that will change the energy performance of the building.

When asked about the improvements, Alpha Install's CEO Keith McRae commented: “As business leaders, we have the opportunity to cast our eyes forward and pursue initiatives supporting sustainability and renewables [energy resources]. As entrepreneurs, careful planning can yield an acceptable return on investment for distributed generation systems. I applaud the foresight of government leaders such as Mayor Voller, who was instrumental in encouraging our pursuit of PV Solar. Our roof-mounted solar will generate the majority of the energy our facility needs, and we can offer electric vehicle charging with energy mostly derived from our sun.”

The solar project was aided in part by CMH Energy and its owner Chris Hinkle, who worked closely monitoring the project and advising Alpha Install. The system includes six strings containing hundreds of roof mounted photovoltaic panels, with combiners and inverters housed in the building.

 
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