Farmville prepares to welcome solar farm

FARMVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Another renewable energy source is coming to the East. Farmville is now preparing to welcome a solar farm.

Rural communities, like Farmville, are becoming popular places for this kind of development.

Last week, the Farmville Board of Adjustment gave the green light for Strata Solar to construct the solar farm. It will occupy part of an industrial park on the edge of town. The company purchased 43 acres from Farmville that it plans to fill with solar panels.

This comes after the town determined the project posed no risks to public health and safety.

Power generated will feed into Farmville and beyond, directly impacting the community.

As part of the deal, Strata Solar will also improve the town’s electric distribution system, making the land more appealing for future industry.

Town Manager David Hodgkins says this will greatly benefit their economy.

“I think the biggest thing is that it improves, at no cost to the town, our electrical distribution system. It also provides some tax base to the citizens, you know, some return on the investment, the investment that the town made on this property some years ago,” Hodgkins said.

Strata Solar has built about 80 solar farms throughout the state in the last three years.

They hope to break ground in Farmville in mid-August and have it up and running by November.

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