Solar panels could pop up next to former WASTEC facility

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A solar farm could be on the horizon for the former WASTEC facility in New Hanover County.

ESA Renewables, an international company with offices in Europe and North and South America, has an interest in the area, according to Project Developer Livingston.

The proposed site would be a five acre tract of undeveloped land off Highway 421, according to Livingston. He said he's already in talks with Progress Energy to connect to the power company's grid and now he needs to send a proposal to New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet.

"We're excited about a reception from the county," said Livingston.

Construction for the solar farm would create an estimated 50 temporary jobs, according to Livingston. He said the company already has projects in several counties across the state, including Duplin and Sampson counties.

Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman directed ESA to the former WASTEC site after the company's original interest in the county landfill. Though he has no previous experience with the company, Suleyman said ESA's background appears to be enough proof that this will be a serious proposal.

Livingston did not have a definite timeline so early in the project, but he will be in New Hanover County Wednesday to visit the site.

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