Solar for a dollar
by Mike Eldred
Jun 24, 2017 | 2925 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WILMINGTON- Development review board members are considering a zoning application by the owners of the Family Dollar/Bucket o’ Suds building on East Main Street for a solar installation on the roof of the structure.

In testimony at a DRB hearing Monday evening, Andy Cay, owner of Integrated Solar Applications, said the rooftop photovoltaic installation will provide 83.3 kilowatts of electricity.

The panels would cover most of the back roof, and would not be visible from the street side of the building. “We’re looking to locate solar panels on the existing, south-facing roof of the building,” Cay said. “The panels will be flush mounted so they won’t stand off of the roof. The only other installation is a power inverter on the side of the building and a stanchion for equipment to connect it to the grid.”

DRB members asked several conditional use questions related to renewable energy installations, including a question from Tim Hall about safety features. Cay said the installation will include an automatic emergency shutdown feature that will cut the power in the event of a fire or other emergency.

DRB member Fred Houston asked how the panels will work in the winter.

“They’ll shed snow just like a standing seam roof,” Cay said.

When the board opened the hearing up to the public for their input, there was only one comment. “I’m glad they’re doing it,” said Joseph Cincotta.

Cay was accompanied by Integrated Solar Applications Vice President Katrina Wilson, as well as property owners Gary and Glen St. John. After closing the hearing, Hall told the applicants he hopes to have the decision written within the next week.
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