Pending a decision by the Scotland County Board of Commissioners next week, a new solar array may be coming to Laurinburg.
A request for conditional use of the property at 9141 Gibson Road in Laurinburg was submitted in June by ENlight LLC of Chapel Hill and property owner Aubrey McCormick.
McCormick said on Thursday that he is “expecting to hear back from ENlight LLC next week” after the commissioners rule on the permit request.
“It seems like a win-win for everyone involved,” said McCormick of the project, which, according to the permit, would initially include “one 5MW array on 40 acres” possibly followed by “subsequent 5MW arrays in 40 acre increments on the same parcel.”
Because of the nature of the construction McCormick said that dust in the area will be limited, and “the land will be made better after the construction.”
ENlight LLC describes itself as a North Carolina-based developer of utility-scale solar arrays within the state of North Carolina.
“These solar arrays silently produce clean renewable energy for our electrical grid, totally without pollution,” noted Patterson Calhoun of ENlight in his conditional use request.
A representative of the company is scheduled to make a presentation on the merits of solar energy at the commissioners’ upcoming meeting next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
That presentation will highlight ENlight’s “electronics industry management and operating experience” as well as the ways in which “solar arrays improve our environment.”