Solar Education Workshop

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On Thursday, June 8, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Pasquotank County Center will be sponsoring a solar education workshop presented by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. This workshop is open to the public and will be held in the auditorium at the Cooperative Extension Center, 1209 McPherson Street, Elizabeth City, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The speaker for the event will be Tommy Cleveland, a licensed professional engineer (PE) in North Carolina who has taught several solar energy courses at N.C. State. Mr. Cleveland is an N.C. State University graduate, with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

He will explain the technology, construction, regulations, and economics of the utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are becoming commonplace across North Carolina. In addition to providing an understanding of the development and operation of these solar electricity generating facilities, he will explore what is known about the various impacts of these systems on the community and the environment. Specifically, Mr. Cleveland will address common questions about PV panel toxicity, EMF/radiation, economic impacts, system decommissioning, and more. Additionally, he will discuss the characteristics that make a site most suitable for solar and provide an overview of solar land leases.

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For more information, please contact Ellen Owens, County Extension Director at 252-338-3954, or email