Sugar Hollow Projects
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At Sugar Hollow Solar, we value the power of community, client relationships and, well... friendships. We are committed to listening, communicating, and installing quality solar systems that work well for homes and businesses. Ask us a question, get a site consultation, find out what services we offer, or just call or text Ben Yoke at (828) 702-1207. We are here to help and look forward to becoming your solar energy partner.
This 7.5 kw system was our first project in Biltmore Forest. It employs enphase microinverters to mitigate the effects of partial shading from all the large mature trees on the property. It will reduce their monthly power bill by approximately $75.
This 5.5 kw grid-tied PV system was one of our early projects, and it is located on Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview. It provides half of the power consumed by a family of 5 living in this energy efficient home.
We installed this ground mounted grid-tied PV system with battery backup for a new home in Black Mountain. It will offset a large portion of the home’s electricity usage and provide solar power for critical electrical loads during power outages.
This custom home in Mills River stays warm thanks to a combination solar, wood, and propane radiant floor heating system. Tubing is embedded in the slab on the ground floor and in Warmboard plywood panels on the second floor. We call this setup “wood by winter, solar by summer” and the propane is really only needed if no one is around to stoke the fire.
This project brought some challenges because the roof on the south side is nearly flat, and we were wary of loading up the roof since it was an old house. With the help from our engineer, we used a ballasted system more commonly done in commercial applications. It will reduce the monthly power bill by approximately $75.
Power from this off-grid cabin comes exclusively from a 1.5 kw PV array buffered by a bank of 4 Trojan T-105 batteries. A Magnum 4024 inverter provides standard AC power for most of the loads, but a DC fridge, DC emergency lighting, a DC powered solar hot water & heating system, and a gravity water system take care of the other essentials.
We installed this net-metered 8.4 kilowatt system in the fall of 2014. It offsets a significant portion of the Fairview Animal Hospital's electricity. If the quick payback materializes, they are planning to double the size of the array in the future.
We are proud of our latest commercial installation on the newly renovated 32 Banks Avenue in downtown Asheville. Building owners Darrah and Zack Noble had us commission the work in 2 phases. It provides power for the building that houses Buxton Hall Barbecue, Vortex Donuts, and The Banks Avenue Pub.
We installed this three-phase solar edge system in October 2015. It has 198 panels and will off-set over a third of the building's electric bill. When owner Dr. Wetzel approached us about the project, his primary motivation was to lower the building's carbon footprint. Thanks to tax credits and accelerated depreciation schedule, he also benefitted from a solid return on his investment.
This 40 kilowatt ground mounted array is only the latest from a savvy investor and energy entrepreneur from our home town. With the help of a REAP grant from the USDA - available to many businesses in Western North Carolina who install solar - the investor was able to get close to 80% off of the overall price of the system.
The English family has been dairy farming in North Cove, NC for four generations. They have been leaders in their community in implementing new farming techniques and recently started making cheese. This 4 collector solar hot water system helps reduce operating costs for this process. We were selected to design and install the system the non-profit Mountain Valleys RC&D.
Check out the new look of Sylva Smiles as seen from the Asheville highway. This 12.54 KW system was sized to fill the roof and offsets a significant portion of the building's energy use. They also invested in energy efficiency measures including the installation of a new Steibel-Eltron heat pump water heater.