A new Chapel Hill solar farm could bring clean power to about 1,000 homes if approved by the state Utilities Commission.
The 5-megawatt solar farm is an upcoming project of Strata Solar, a solar energy company based in Chapel Hill that provides solar energy systems for commercial and residential buildings.
If approved, the solar farm will be located on White Cross Road in Chapel Hill and will cost a projected $22.5 million.
The project is in its early stages and is awaiting approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
“It has been planned for a little while and the finalizing is really the first steps,” said Blair Schooff, vice president of marketing for Strata Solar.
If installed, it would also be one of the two largest solar farms in the state, even though it is a relatively small source of power.
UNC uses about 60 megawatts to power all campus utilities, according to the University’s energy dashboard — a continuously updating measure of energy use.
Stewart Boss, co-chairman of the UNC Sierra Student Coalition, said in an email that the project is still encouraging.
“All that progress is going to help us move North Carolina beyond coal and other dirty energy sources to clean, renewable electricity generation.”