Buncombe County school officials Thursday night agreed to move ahead with a solar project at Enka High School.
The vote authorizes the board attorney and superintendent to continue negotiations with solar developer, FLS Energy. ...
The solar project got an earlier OK from the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, according to an Xpress article:
At its August 2 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a measure that paves the way for Enka High School to install solar panels on its roof. The motion was necessary because in order for the Buncombe County Board of Education to lease the roof for a potential solar installation, Commissioners first had to determine that the property would not be otherwise needed by the county for the duration of the expected 20-year lease.Read the full article
Enka can now move forward with plans to install both photovoltaic and solar water heating systems on the roof beginning in September. In May, the Board of Education issued a request for proposals from solar developers, and held a pre-proposal meeting at the school site with prospective developers. Applications from various developers are being reviewed, and construction on the project is slated to begin next month.
Under the proposal, Enka will lease its roof space to a solar developer who will then claim the state and federal tax credits associated with the system. This arrangement means that no out-of-pocket money will be required from the county school system to pay for the solar system. After six years, the education board will have the option to purchase the system outright.