Haynes Solar contracted for “largest solar project portfolio” in Buncombe County

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The Fairview Public Library is one of 43 buildings receiving solar panels. (Google Street View image)

Haynes Solar, a division of MB Haynes, says it has been been contracted for the largest solar project portfolio in Buncombe County.

The 43 projects include four for the City of Asheville and 39 for the county, the company says. Sites include schools, fire stations, government buildings, parking decks and libraries as well as five installations at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

The overall project value is estimated at about $10 million, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported earlier.

The 6.06-MW portfolio is expected be completed by the end of 2023, although Haynes Solar has a goal to complete it sooner.

“Buncombe County is proud to be partnering with a great local company such as MB Haynes for the engineering, procurement and construction of this ground-breaking renewable energy project,” said Buncombe County Commission chairman Brownie Newman. “This project will not only save county taxpayers millions in energy costs but will also help us accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy.”

“When Mr. Haynes started his electrical business 100 years ago, I don’t think he could have imagined that one day we’d be harvesting electrical energy from the sun,” said Fred Lewis, MB Haynes president and CEO. “We have enjoyed long-term success because we are not stuck in the past. Throughout our century of service, we have been on the cutting edge of electrical technology. We are pleased to have this opportunity to make a long-lasting positive impact to the community we call home.”

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