Asheville Eye Reduces Carbon Foot Print

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Asheville Eye Associates One of the First Regional Healthcare Providers to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Asheville, NC —  You may have seen solar panels dotting the farmland in Hendersonville or  Canton, or glimpsed Biltmore Estate’s solar farm along the south side corridor of I-40.   Parking lot solar canopies greet visitors to Sierra Nevada’s new Mills River state-of-the-art brewery and historical Biltmore Avenue buildings which house popular local restaurants Mellow Mushroom and City Bakery.  But you probably haven’t seen them at your doctor’s office.   That’s about to change.

One area healthcare provider has set its sights on solar energy technology, making Asheville Eye Associates one of the first medical practices in Western North Carolina to embrace solar energy as a way to reduce its carbon footprint on the environment.  The multi-specialty eye care practice recently commissioned installation of a system of photovoltaic (PV) arrays solar panels on its 38,000 square foot office facility located in the Regional Medical Park off Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.

Edward K. Isbey, III, MD said the 13-physician group explored renewable solar technologies as a way to curb fossil fuel- based energy consumption at its main facility.

“We wanted to supplement our heating and cooling system with a more environmentally viable option in an effort to reduce our fossil fuel consumption.  The desire to “go green” and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution led us to investigate renewable energy systems,” he said.  “Global concerns about climate change, and regional air and water quality are issues which affect all of us who live and work in Western North Carolina.  So it makes sense for us to move towards sustainable energy strategies such as solar power as we renovate our facilities.”

“Weaverville-based Sundance Power Systems, a leading solar installer in the Southeastern US, designed and is installing our system.  This project is very appealing to us as a reflection of our values and desire to be good stewards of natural resources for the benefit of our community,” said Isbey III.

Installation began on October 5 for the new rooftop PV American-made SolarWorld module on calibrated customized racking.  The grid-tied system will generate about 20% of the building’s electricity needs per year, and the power produced by the system will be used directly by the building. Installation of the PV array will require approximately three weeks.

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