Gardner Capital, Inc. | Business Wire — Gardner Capital, Inc., an investment and solar project developer, provided tax equity financing for six solar utility-scale photovoltaic power generation systems totaling 37.5 MW located on rural property throughout North Carolina, it was announced today.

The projects, developed by Heelstone Energy, LLC, will provide clean, emission-free, renewable electricity to the Duke and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) companies, generating an estimated 56,879 MWh of clean solar power in the first year of operation, enough to support the annual needs of 5,395 North Carolina homes and offset 39,221 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. All six plants, in operation since December 2014, are located near Raleigh-Durham.

“Solar energy is a viable mainstream alternative clean energy source and part of our energy future. We’re thrilled that these sustainable development projects will have a definite impact on energy savings and the environment for years to come,” said Michael Gardner, principal of Gardner Capital and president of Gardner Capital Solar Development.

The North Carolina projects mark the first solar development for Gardner Capital. Over the course of a year, the environmental benefit of the solar energy produced by the plants is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions produced by 8,257 cars, 14,058 tons of landfill waste, or CO2 emissions produced by 91,212 barrels of oil, for example.

“Sustainable energy sources provide substantial economic and environmental benefits and Gardner Capital’s business and financial strategies are designed to deliver disciplined growth in this arena,” Gardner said. “The North Carolina power companies help us sustain a balanced portfolio of sustainable long-term assets.”

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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