Mt. Sterling Sustainable Energy Project
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received a request from Duke Energy for a right-of-way permit to install a solar array to supply electricity for radio equipment located on Mt. Sterling in Haywood County, North Carolina.The radio equipment is a vital component of the Park's emergency communication system. Duke Energy currently supplies electricity via a 3.5-mile overhead line that extends from the Park boundary along Mt. Sterling Road (NC284) to the Mt. Sterling Fire Lookout Tower. The existing overhead line would be decommissioned following installation of the solar array. Vegetation maintenance along the utility corridor would cease and the corridor would be allowed to return to a natural state.