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WRAL now making power in Garner

Posted April 13, 2012

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— WRAL-TV is now an electricity producer.

Parent company Capitol Broadcasting Company installed a 1-megawatt solar farm at the site of WRAL-TV's main broadcast antenna in Garner to generate electricity and will sell it back to Progress Energy Carolinas. 

Over the course of a year, CBC expects to generate enough power for about 100 homes. CBC solar farm Interactive: CBC Solar Farm dashboard

WRAL.com paired the solar farm launch with a web page where anyone can monitor the cloud conditions, shade and temperature impacts on the energy generated in real-time, along with an explanatory graphic on how solar power works.

Progress is purchasing the electricity as part of its state-required mandate to generate power from renewable sources. Lloyd Yates, Progress president and chief executive officer, said the CBC site is part of a larger effort to increase the use of solar as an energy source.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The solar array is the first in the state to be constructed around a TV station tower.

“We make it company policy to be as innovative as possible when it comes to our investments and our impact on the community,” said Jim Goodmon, president and chief executive officer of Capitol Broadcasting Company. “We hope our solar array at our Garner satellite station will be utilized as a learning tool for everyone from school children to executives in similar industries to learn about renewable energy."

Installation was done by Baker Renewable Energy.

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  • jmathews43 Apr 19, 1:38 p.m.

    The problem is that WRAL is now supposed to report objectively on a controversial state law from which its parent company is profiting. In last year's legislative session there was a proposal to abolish SB3, and similar bills are likely to come forward in the future. According to the only cost-benefit analysis done of the legislation, it is increasing electricity rates, slowing North Carolina's economic growth, and costing the state about 3500 jobs. The decision to build this wind power plant and take advantage of the coerced market that SB3 provides presents a clear conflict for WRAL in reporting on debates over this legislation as they unfold in the future. It is hoped that they note this conflict when the subject comes up, as it most certainly will. Furthermore, while the article doesn't mention this,the Capital Broadcasting Company will probably be eligible for tax brakes that may very well come under scrutiny by the North Carolina General Assembly as it struggles w/ the budget

  • pdbullard Apr 17, 3:38 p.m.

    "then why can't road right of ways be used by the state to make electricity, and land owners used the power line right of ways to make electricity to sell to themselves? "

    State law only allows regulated power companies to sell power.

  • pdbullard Apr 17, 3:35 p.m.

    "Get real People! When Sharon Harris melts down or blows up killing thousands and turning central NC into a Chernobyl zone, how "pretty" or "hansome" will that be? I would rather see miles of these safe and effective energy fields than one more time bomb of a nuclear plant waiting to poison our planet for a thousand years!"

    On of the problems is that solar requires a backup energy source for days it cloudy. so it is not replacing anything.

  • pdbullard Apr 17, 3:34 p.m.

    "Yeah lets not work on solar power until its ready, great plan...."

    Yep force high cost on consumer before it make sense. No one is stopping research on solar.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 13, 7:50 p.m.

    bull doze it and build another nuke. much more bang for the buck. solar has a long way to go before its a viable power source-jeff27577

    Yeah lets not work on solar power until its ready, great plan....

  • jeff27577 Apr 13, 7:40 p.m.

    bull doze it and build another nuke. much more bang for the buck. solar has a long way to go before its a viable power source

  • Citizen Kane Apr 13, 7:27 p.m.

    Get real People! When Sharon Harris melts down or blows up killing thousands and turning central NC into a Chernobyl zone, how "pretty" or "hansome" will that be? I would rather see miles of these safe and effective energy fields than one more time bomb of a nuclear plant waiting to poison our planet for a thousand years!

  • WooHoo2You Apr 13, 7:22 p.m.

    What an eyesore.-ABO 2012

    Yeah cause coal power plants are so beautiful...

  • ladyblue Apr 13, 5:40 p.m.

    Don't know enough on the subject but I hope the residents close buy dont' end up with cancer down the road. I've had 3 friends install solar in ther homes and it's probably coincidental that all three now have cancer.

  • OGE Apr 13, 5:22 p.m.

    A these solar farms are as handsome as a mud fence. I'd rather see a clear cut forest. I know the forest will be full of trees in five years. While, this will still be a mud fence.
    CrewMax

    You probably complained about the "not pretty" parking structure downtown too.

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