Black Mountain to install solar panels on the roof of the Carver Center

Black Mountain plans to add solar panels to the roof of the Carver Center in the next few weeks, a project that should provide fruits, and eventually free energy.

“I think we should have it in every town building,” said City Councilman Pam King, a consistent advocate of the city’s use of renewable energy. “We’re doing it as fast as we can. It’s just a funding thing. It definitely pays off. It’s an investment, really.”

Formerly home to the Department of Recreation and Parks, Carver Center has served in the past few years as the Black Mountain Montessori School.

The project has a total cost of about $100,000, with paybacks over the next 10 years, according to Josh Harold, city manager. If all goes well, 10 years from now, the city will use free energy, he said.

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