JACKSONVILLE – The Onslow County landfill will soon be more than a just a place to collect trash.
Unused land there will soon be used to produce energy.
County commissioners have approved a plan that will install 6,000 solar panels on 14 acres at an old site on Meadowview Road.
That’s enough energy to power 2,400 homes.
The technology will convert gas from the operational landfill to renewable energy.
“We’re the first in the state to do this. We’re the tip of the spear. We’re leading the way. We’re actually helping the state write the rules for solar panel installation in the state,” said Scott Bost, Onslow County Solid Waste.
A Charlotte-based company will install the panels at no cost to the county.
Both will share the profits.
It’s estimated Onslow County will make $50,000 to $100,000 annually.
Work will begin in January.