By Kay Whatley, Editor
Twenty-eight acres of Bunn are being covered by a solar array that will provide energy for close to 400 homes. Additionally, the Tax Base Increase for the town is projected at $2.8 Million.
Work begin earlier this year with a plan to finish in about 9 months. Thus far, work has been created for 120 individuals, plus more than 30 temporary jobs.
An interesting part of this project is that a number of the construction crew had their first experience working on the recently opened Sandy Cross Solar Farm. Seventeen workers transferred and continued working on the Bunn Solar Farm. This provides a high level of training that may help these individuals complete solar certifications.
The Bunn array is the first system put together by O2 Energies with extra agricultural opportunities available on adjacent acreage. Additional work is planned with agricultural partner Chad Ray of Ray Family Farms.
Driving into Bunn along Route 39, the solar farm construction may be seen next to the correctional facility just outside of town. Enclosed in fencing for long-term security, the array can generate energy without pollution. Additionally, grass maintenance is being done using sheep from nearby Clover C farm on Cheves Road.