Mecklenburg County in North Carolina has planned an extensive solar water heating project spread across several county-owned buildings in Charlotte. The plan will place 141 solar thermal collectors on the rooftops of five buildings, including 64 collectors at Mecklenburg County Jail North.
Crews from Southern Energy Management (SEM), a North Carolina-based solar power and energy efficiency company with offices in Charlotte, are installing all of the solar thermal systems.
The 141 collectors will be distributed as follows: 64 at Mecklenburg County Jail North; 32 at Metro School, which serves cognitively disabled students; 21 at the Medical Examiner's Office; 16 at Central Piedmont Community College's Culinary Arts building; and eight at Wallace H. Kuralt Centre, which houses the Department of Social Services.Â Â
‘Putting 64 collectors on one roof is a big deal,’ says SEM co-founder Bob Kingery. ‘We've been at this for a long time now, and even some of our larger military installations haven't topped 50 collectors on any single building. It's exciting to see Mecklenburg County taking a bold stance like this.’
The company will use Heliodyne solar thermal systems. SolTherm, an Asheville, N.C.-based clean energy services company, is providing the rooftop solar collectors. Project completion is expected by mid-April.
SOURCE: Southern Energy Management