Carolina Cat Power Systems recently completed the final stages of construction on a new 10-acre solar farm in Shelby, North Carolina.

Scheduled to open in early summer 2015, the site will contain 9,828 panels and produce enough electricity to power approximately 250 homes, which will be procured by Duke Energy and added back to the North Carolina power grid.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the renewable energy movement, especially when it's in our own backyard," said Edward Weisiger Jr., CEO of Carolina Cat Power Systems. "We've had the privilege of serving the equipment needs of the Carolinas for over 85 years, and this project marks our continued service in the construction, utility and road-building industries. Shelby and Cleveland County have been a key part of our success over the years, and we are very pleased to be invested there."

The project is reflective of the current solar farm boom in North Carolina. The state ranks third in the nation with respect to the amount of solar power on the state's grid. This is due in part to a state law mandating that, by the year 2020, one eighth of all power produced by Duke Energy must come from renewable energy.

"We are proud to be part of this green initiative," said Mike Brown, Carolina Cat Power Systems' general manager. "By using renewable energy, reducing waste and preserving our natural resources, we are helping to protect our planet now and for generations to come. Being good stewards of the beautiful planet on which we all live and work is crucial."

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