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Solar power in coal country, panels will power offices in Charles Town, W.VA

May 3rd, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports

A solar panel-topped car port in Charles Town has become largest solar array in West Virginia

The 407-kilowatt system made by Oregon-based Solar World will provide about half the power for the 100,000 square-foot financial center of American Public University System (APUS), an online education provider that serves the military and public service communities.

The APUS installation also will power 15 charging stations for electrical and hybrid vehicles.

Mountain View Solar, based in Berkeley Springs, installed the 1,671 high-performance solar panels in Charles Town, which is about 90 minutes west of Washington D.C., and south of Hagerstown, Md.

“Through this project, APUS sets a powerful example of institutional sustainability for its more than 100,000 students and for the community here in West Virginia,” said Mike McKechnie, president of MTVSolar in a statement. “This installation is an example of what education and renewable energy have in common – both are critical investments in our future.”

Mountain View Solar has installed other solar systems in the coal state, including solar arrays at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs and at Berkeley Springs High School. MVS also installs systems in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and presents itself as a full-service company offering all types of technologies to power cars, homes and businesses with the sun.

Solar World, based in Bonn, Germany, has US manufacturing headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore., where it manufactures crystalline silicon solar panels from raw silicon through the finished, integrated panels.


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