In early 2012 the Town of Carrboro, assisted by the nonprofit Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy (AIRE), put out a call for local citizens willing to fund a community solar array, with the understanding that much of their investment would be recouped through tax incentives and electricity sales.
A handful of local investors stepped forward, and with the help of AIRE and the Town, formed Carrboro Community Solar, LLC (CCS) to finance, own, and operate the solar array for six years. CCS has agreed that at the end of the six year period the solar array will be donated, or sold at a bargain rate, to the Town, at which point the town will receive all future revenues and assume maintenance of the facility.
The array will continue to provide clean power indefinitely, providing the citizens of Carrboro with a clean, green, and locally owned source of power. Our hope is that the solar array will be a small but visible step on the road to local self-reliance and to reducing our collective carbon footprint. We also hope it will become a tool for teaching and learning about renewable energy and community resilience as we face an uncertain future together!