- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MOYOCK, N.C. (AP) - Work is expected to begin soon on farmland south of Chesapeake that could become the largest solar-energy facility east of the Mississippi River.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1N3vOtO ) reports SunEnergy1 of Mooresville plans to build a 120-megawatt solar farm south of Moyock on 2,034 acres next to the community of Ranchland. The $250 million project, called Wildwood Solar, could generate enough power for more than 10,000 homes.

Currituck Economic Developer Peter Bishop says construction will generate 70 to 80 jobs over about 18 months. About 15 permanent workers would maintain the site.

According to a statement from SunEnergy1 earlier this year, if built to its maximum size of 120 megawatts, the solar farm would generate approximately $300,000 annually in county taxes.

Representatives from SunEnergy1 didn’t return the newspaper’s requests for comment.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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