City Hall Blog (archived)

Public-private partnership results in first solar energy project on City facility

The City of Concord’s Downtown Municipal Parking Deck on Cabarrus Avenue has a new look. Solar modules have been installed on the deck's top level, providing shade to 32 parking spaces. The nearly $500,000 project, owned by a private investor, was funded in part through a North Carolina Main Street Energy II Grant. Power produced from the solar array will be sold back to the energy grid.
Staff in the City’s Planning and Neighborhood Development and Electric Systems departments partnered with the NC Department of Commerce, Argand Energy Solutions, and Stefan Gleason of Hyperion Energy LLC to make the project a reality. The funding was split between the energy grant and Gleason, who owns and maintains the system.
The US-made modules are expected to generate more than 80,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough energy to power four homes. Click here to see live performance data from the project.
Click here for project specifications.
Scroll down for photos from the project’s ribbon cutting ceremony, held on Tuesday, January 10. More photos of the project and ceremony are available.
Click here to read more about the project in a Charlotte Observer article by Lukas Johnson.
The City leased 32 parking spaces to Gleason/Hyperion Energy LLC for the project, which in turn provides covered parking on the top level of the facility.
The project was constructed by Argand Energy Solutions, and features 255 ultra-durable solar modules manufactured by Suniva.
Despite the cloudy weather and brief rain that afternoon, a crowd of community supporters, elected officials, and City staff were on hand for the ceremony.
Mayor Padgett welcomes attendees as Mike Kilgariff, NC Department of Commerce (obscured); Clay Hartman, Argand Energy Solutions; Stefan Gleason, Hyperion Energy; and Eric Lensch, Argand Energy Solutions look on.
Pictured left to right are: Council Member Dave Phillips; Mike Kilgariff, NC Department of Commerce (obscured); Council Member Jim Ramseur; Stefan Gleason, Hyperion Energy; Mayor Scott Padgett; Clay Hartman, Argand Energy Solutions; and Eric Lensch, Argand Energy Solutions.