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The Town of Bedford intends to enter into a solar franchise agreement with the North Carolina-based solar developer O2 emc to construct a utility scale solar farm within the Town of Bedford. The facility will be located off Draper Road adjacent to the old town landfill and will occupy approximately 20 acres. O2 will lease the land from the Town of Bedford. At its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 22nd the Town Council will consider an ordinance creating a partnership between O2 emc, LLC and the Bedford Electric Department. The ordinance has been prepared in accordance with an open Request for Proposals process in which O2 was identified as the successful developer.

The solar farm will be built using a single axis tracking system to increase electricity generation throughout the day and will maximize the Town of Bedford’s offtake of renewable energy from the facility. Upon completion, this location will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power roughly 600 houses for a year on an otherwise unusable tract of land.

“We’re excited to partner with the town of Bedford as they take this step into the future of clean energy generation,” said Joel Olsen, CEO of O2 emc. “This facility will provide cost savings to Bedford citizens, generate opportunities for the workforce and provide an asset to be used by the educational system for learning opportunities. O2 develops its farms to maximize the local impact in the rural communities where our solar farms are located.”

During construction, over 50 people will work on the project, which O2 and its contractors will strive to source from within Bedford and nearby communities. In addition, the project will purchase supplies and use resources from companies located within Bedford County.

O2 emc develops and builds solar facilities, with the mission to own the asset for the lifetime of the project. O2’s current project portfolio powers over 15,000 homes throughout the southeast using clean, renewable generation. For more information on O2 emc please visit www.O2emc.com or follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/o2emc/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/O2emc).

The meeting on November 22 will begin at 7:00 PM and take place in the Council Chamber of the Municipal Building.