Dixon Dairy Farm
Cocke County Schools

Project Details

Apple One Farm
Location: Catawba County, North Carolina
Size: 7 MWdc
Acreage: 37
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“The employees at Birdseye have been very responsive to our questions and needs. They have answered our questions and concerns and were available when needed. Arrangements were taken care of when problems arose. We believe the solar farms to be a great source of income.”

– Mellonee Owenby, Newton, NC

Arndt Farm
Location: Catawba County, North Carolina
Size: 6.4 MWdc
Acreage: 49
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

Arndt Farm represents how solar farms are good stewards of the land upon which they are based. Solar farms work with the existing contours of the land without the need for mass grading; Arndt Farm accommodates the existing topography, slopes of up to 18%. Like our other farms Arndt Farm is also built around existing wetlands helping to preserve the original natural integrity of the site.

Ayrshire Farm
Location: Cleveland County, North Carolina
Size: 27.1 MWdc
Acreage: 118
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film

“Throughout the process of developing a portion of long held family agricultural land in Shelby, NC into a long term lease to generate environmentally clean solar energy for many years to come I couldn't have been more pleased to have worked with Birdseye Renewable Energy. Brian Bednar and his team worked diligently and successfully with me and my family to make it a reality; through hardships with zoning and special use applications to in depth contractual stipulations we required, etc. I trusted in the team at Birdseye and they delivered on my investment back ten-fold throughout the process. I highly recommend Birdseye Renewable Energy.”

– Newton Craver, Shelby, NC and Adelaide Craver, Charlotte, NC

Belwood Farm
Location: Cleveland County, North Carolina
Size: 5.3 MWdc
Acreage: 40
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Blueberry One Farm
Location: Wayne County, North Carolina
Size: 6.8 MWdc
Acreage: 32
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“The Birdseye team is a very professional partner to have during all stages of the solar farm process. Brian and Peden do a great job managing the expectations of the landowner and construction team that puts the assets on the ground. Their communication style is very professional, timely and on target. From our first meeting to kick the project off to the completion of the solar farm, Brian and Peden, helped us stay focused on the important things and guided us to a seamless transition to a ‘Solar Farm Owner’.”

– Keith & Beverly Westbrook, Goldsboro, NC

Birdseye Renewable Energy were very concerned in planning out the Blueberry One site. They kept us informed what was going on and what should happen next. If you had a question on something... call Peden or Brian. I would give them an A+ on keeping everything going in the right direction. It has been a blessing for us to be a part of solar farming.

– Eugene & Faye Cox, Goldsboro, NC

Clipperton Holdings
Location: Sampson County, North Carolina
Size: 7 MWdc
Acreage: 40
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

Construction recently completed. Pictures forthcoming.

Clipperton Holdings
Cocke County Schools
Location: Cocke County, Tennessee
Size: 690 kWdc
Acreage: N/A
Utility: Newport Utilities & TVA
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

14 ground- and roof-mounted installations across Cocke County school facilities.

Daniel Farm
Location: Davie County, North Carolina
Size: 6.4 MWdc
Acreage: 40
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“The Birdseye team is an excellent partner to have throughout the Solar Farm process. Brian and Peden do a great job of managing the expectations of the landowner from start to finish. All aspects of the construction process are communicated in a professional manner. Great job!”

– Jim Michael, Mocksville, NC

Dixon Dairy Farm
Location: Cleveland County, North Carolina
Size: 5 MWdc
Acreage: 29
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

Soon after founding Birdseye in 2009, Brian Bednar conceived a plan to develop solar sites as Qualified Facilities (“QF's”). Under the rules of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), QF's are third-party owned energy generators from which utilities must buy generated electricity. Dixon Dairy Farm was the first utility-scale solar QF built in North Carolina. The QF model has since taken off in North Carolina, leading the state to become the second-largest in solar installed capacity in the United States.

“Our family was approached by Brian Bednar of Birdseye Renewable Energy about the possibility of leasing some of our land for a solar farm site. Brian was amazing to work with. We met with him several times in our office and at the site. He answered all of our questions and he insisted on communicating with the adjoining landowners regarding the solar farm. It was very important to him that everyone involved had all of their questions and concerns answered. He was very professional and never dodged a question – no matter how tough it was.

He kept me up to date during the construction phase and called periodically after the site was complete, to be sure that all was going as expected. If I ever had a question or concern he got me an answer within 24 hours.

This is a first class company with first class employees. We have enjoyed working with them. The solar farm has provided us with income that helps pay our property tax and that the good thing for us is that we still own the land. It is a win win!!!”

– Stella Putnam, Kings Mountain, NC

Hawkins County Schools
Location: Hawkins County, Tennessee
Size: 1.2 MWdc
Acreage: N/A
Utility: Holston Electric & TVA
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

20 ground- and roof-mounted installations across Hawkins County school facilities.

Hawkins Solar Two
Location: Hawkins County, Tennessee
Size: 1 MWdc
Acreage: 6
Utility: Holston Electric & TVA
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

Birdseye recently developed this smaller utility-scale solar project on the site of the Phipps Bend Nuclear Power Plant, which was abandoned in 1982 after partial construction. Innovative biodiversity measures at the new solar site include a special pollinator-friendly seed mix, and deer fencing mounted upside down with the larger holes at bottom to allow entrance and exit for smaller wildlife. This deer fence also offers improved aesthetics over traditional chain link fencing. The project utilizes NEXTracker racking, which slowly moves the panel faces east-to-west throughout the day to optimize energy output.

“Birdseye Renewable Energy is an excellent partner to have for a solar farm project. Brian and Landon are so easy to work with and keep us informed throughout the entire process. We feel the solar farm is a great asset to Phipps Bend Industrial Park and our whole community. We hope to partner with them again in the future on another project.”

– Rebecca Baker, Hawkins County Industrial Development Board, Rogersville, TN

Holstein Holdings
Location: Scotland County, North Carolina
Size: 25.7 MWdc
Acreage: 125
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film

“The solar farm has been a real blessing to us. It has been a very good experience working with Brian and Peden. Construction of the farm has also greatly benefited the county.”

– William Floyd & The Floyd Family, Laurinburg, NC

Hutchinson Farm
Location: Cleveland County, North Carolina
Size: 6.8 MWdc
Acreage: 32
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film

“Our land is very special to our family, some of it going back as much as 140 years. Brian has been open and clear from our very first contact about the solar farm. I am a very particular person, and can honestly say that having gone through this process twice, I would be more than willing to go through it again.

I appreciated that he spoke to in details, rather than generalities. He was able to answer most all of my questions and responding quickly if he needed to get back to me.

Birdseye helped us use surplus land for a guaranteed higher rate of return, as well as be sure that it would be returned to its current condition and preserve it for future generations to farm again.

Brian kept us informed throughout the entire process. Even after Birdseye completed its portion of the work, I could count on the Birdseye completed its portion of the work, I could count on the Birdseye team to help facilitate any questions or issues.”

– Marvin Hutchinson, Shelby, NC

Jersey Holdings
Location: Robeson County, North Carolina
Size: 7 MWdc
Acreage: 40
Utility: Lumbee River EMC & NCEMC
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

Construction recently completed. Pictures forthcoming.

Jersey Holdings

“We had purchased a property and wanted to develop a solar farm. We met some other companies but I did not feel comfortable with a long term relationships with these companies and then I was introduced to Birdseye. They do what they say, and the pay what they promise. The construction company was also great to work with and EVERYTHING is working the way it was planned. GREAT JOB.”

– James & Faye Taylor, Fairmont, NC

Kirkwall Holdings
Location: Duplin County, North Carolina
Size: 7 MWdc
Acreage: 34
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“The team at Birdseye are true professionals in every sense of the word. They manage the development process for highly specialized projects with a high degree of efficiency and effectiveness. As a property owner, we have 100% confidence that the Birdseye team will look after our best interest and will perform. We are fortunate to have had opportunities to work with Birdseye and proud to be associated with their great work.”

– Neil Robinette, CEO, Tri-City Inc., Rockingham, NC

Laurinburg Farm
Location: Scotland County, North Carolina
Size: 6.4 MWdc
Acreage: 30
Utility: City of Laurinburg & NCEMPA
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film

“Birdseye Renewable Energy was extremely helpful to the City of Laurinburg during the development phase of our solar farm project. They kept us informed and updated on the project from start to finish. Our project experienced many changes but Birdseye Renewable Energy was there to explain and walk us through to see a completed project.”

– Charles Nichols, City Manager, City of Laurinburg, NC

Leicester Farm
Location: Buncombe County, North Carolina
Size: 4.8 MWdc
Acreage: 24
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Maiden Creek Solar Facility
Location: Catawba County, North Carolina
Size: 103 MWdc
Acreage: 488
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Monocrystalline

Under Construction

Maiden Creek Solar Facility
Marshville Farm
Location: Union County, North Carolina
Size: 6 MWdc
Acreage: 35
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
McGoogan Farm
Location: Robeson County, North Carolina
Size: 6.5 MWdc
Acreage: 39
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film

McGoogan Farm is Birdseye's most recent of 8 projects realized in Robeson County. Birdseye has been proud to lead development in Robeson, a county that is benefiting from the property tax revenue with this new form of investment. In addition the project provides the landowner with 35 years of passive income and preserves the family's land for their heirs' benefit. Such win-win-win projects are the pride of Birdseye.

Mocksville Farm
Location: Davie County, North Carolina
Size: 6.4 MWdc
Acreage: 33
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Mocksville Solar Facility
Location: Davie County, North Carolina
Size: 19.9 MWdc
Acreage: 99
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

Birdseye secured this ~100 acre site in Davie County, conducted all due diligence, permitting, zoning, and interconnection agreement processes before selling the project to the nation's largest utility. In partnership with the utility, Birdseye devised and implemented a plan to cover over 85 acres of former row crop land with two different pollinator-friendly seed mixes. These seed mixes supply food to bees and other pollinators, which are essential elements of the region's biodiversity.

“Brian and Landon were a pleasure to work with on our solar farm project. We had a great experience. They pushed the project through with success. They were enjoyable, thorough and skilled in their field. I would highly recommend them to anyone entertaining the idea of doing a project with solar.”

– Roger Spillman, Mocksville, NC

Monroe Solar Facility
Location: Union County, North Carolina
Size: 75.3 MWdc
Acreage: 400
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film
Mount Olive I Farm
Location: Wayne County, North Carolina
Size: 6.8 MWdc
Acreage: 38
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film

“The temperament with which one is treated goes a long way in bonding joint-venture relationships. Birdseye Renewable Energy earned the approval of the church due largely to the way they reached out to us during negotiations to help accomplish the goals of the church as well as the goals of Birdseye. Their prudence to balance all-important relations also created an atmosphere of trust.

Prior to the solar farm joint-venture with BRE, the church was somewhat financially entangled in the great recession of 2008 through 2012. The church was experiencing several years of low financial growth. Clean energy has helped the church grow financially which in turn helps the church finance its local foreign ministry with trustworthiness.”

– Angelo San Fratello and the First Baptist Church of Mount Olive, Mt. Olive, NC

Mount Olive I Farm
Location: Wayne County, North Carolina
Size: 6.7 MWdc
Acreage: 39
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“The temperament with which one is treated goes a long way in bonding joint-venture relationships. Birdseye Renewable Energy earned the approval of the church due largely to the way they reached out to us during negotiations to help accomplish the goals of the church as well as the goals of Birdseye. Their prudence to balance all-important relations also created an atmosphere of trust.

Prior to the solar farm joint-venture with BRE, the church was somewhat financially entangled in the great recession of 2008 through 2012. The church was experiencing several years of low financial growth. Clean energy has helped the church grow financially which in turn helps the church finance its local foreign ministry with trustworthiness.”

– Angelo San Fratello and the First Baptist Church of Mount Olive, Mt. Olive, NC

NC Solar I Farm
Location: Scotland County, North Carolina
Size: 2.4 MWdc
Acreage: 23
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“Birdseye's Brian Bednar made contact about possible use of some farm acreage for solar farm installations; I found it exciting to participate in a new industry for Scotland County.

Both Brian and Peden have made me feel they were not only working for the success of the solar company but were working for my success too. And because of our partnership, I'm assured of additional farm land income throughout the term of the lease.”

– Dan Jones, Wilson, NC

NC Solar II Farm
Location: Scotland County, North Carolina
Size: 2.4 MWdc
Acreage: 13
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Prestage Foods Solar Thermal
Location: Robeson County, North Carolina
Size: Designed to provide 125,000 gallons of hot water per day
Acreage: 6.5
Utility: On-Site End User (Prestage Foods)
Technology: Solar Thermal

“Working with Birdseye during the development of our solar thermal project was straightforward and easy. They were responsive to our needs, effective communicators, and worked hard to make our project a success for all parties involved. Birdseye was outstanding and set a high bar for their level of service that others have had a hard time reaching. The solar thermal farm that Birdseye developed has helped reduce our energy costs and reliance on fossil fuels. Our company enjoys being environmentally friendly in a financially feasible manner.”

– Michael Pope, Prestage Foods, St. Pauls, NC

Raeford Farm
Location: Hoke County, North Carolina
Size: 6.3 MWdc
Acreage: 38
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Railroad I Farm
Location: Robeson County, North Carolina
Size: 6.4 MWdc
Acreage: 33
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“Working with Peden and Brian at Birdseye made the transition to solar a breeze, which really made the difference when dealing with third generation farm land.”

– Matthew Walters, Saint Pauls, NC

Railroad II Farm
Location: Robeson County, North Carolina
Size: 6.8 MWdc
Acreage: 52
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film

“We completed a solar project in 2014 on our farm with the Birdseye team and were very satisfied with all matters related to a successful implementation. We are now in the process of a second solar project with Birdseye and a co-op utility and have found Brian, Peden and Pooja following up closely on all details required to bring the new project into reality.”

– Malcolm & Anne McCormick, Flat Rock, NC

Rock Farm
Location: Richmond County, North Carolina
Size: 6.7 MWdc
Acreage: 39
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“The team at Birdseye are true professionals in every sense of the word. They manage the development process for highly specialized projects with a high degree of efficiency and effectiveness. As a property owner, we have 100% confidence that the Birdseye team will look after our best interest and will perform. We are fortunate to have had opportunities to work with Birdseye and proud to be associated with their great work.”

– Neil Robinette, CEO, Tri-City Inc., Rockingham, NC

Shannon Farm
Location: Robeson County, North Carolina
Size: 6.5 MWdc
Acreage: 56
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Sonne One Farm
Location: Wayne County, North Carolina
Size: 7 MWdc
Acreage: 43
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“Birdseye did a great job handling all of the details to get the project up and running. They were very easy to work with answering any questions we had throughout the development process.”

– Brad Gurley, Goldsboro, NC

Sonne Two Farm
Location: Catawba County, North Carolina
Size: 7 MWdc
Acreage: 44
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“The employees at Birdseye have been very responsive to our questions and needs. They have answered our questions and concerns and were available when needed. Arrangements were taken care of when problems arose. We believe the solar farms to be a great source of income.”

– Mellonee Owenby, Newton, NC

South Robeson Farm
Location: Robeson County, North Carolina
Size: 6.4 MWdc
Acreage: 37
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Tamworth Holdings
Location: Bladen County, North Carolina
Size: 6.7 MWdc
Acreage: 40
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film
Tanager Holdings
Location: Randolph County, North Carolina
Size: 5.5 MWdc
Acreage: 32
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Thin Film
Tiburon Holdings
Location: Davie County, North Carolina
Size: 6.7 MWdc
Acreage: 33
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“We want you to know that we are very pleased with the quality of service Birdseye provides. We sincerely appreciate the responsiveness and the professionalism Peden and Brian bring to the table. We would recommend your company to others because you did what you said you would do.”

– Stan & Dianne White, Mocksville, NC

Town of Warsaw Farm
Location: Duplin County, North Carolina
Size: 800 kWdc
Acreage: 9
Utility: Duke Energy Progress
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“It was a true pleasure working with the experts at Birdseye Renewable Energy on their solar farm projects in Warsaw, NC. These professionals worked closely, day to day, with Town staff to ensure any issues or concerns were addressed regarding their projects. They provided detailed information on these major projects, and answered any and all questions thoroughly. Not only are they experts in the field of solar energy, but they truly care about the communities they work in. With Birdseye Renewable Energy, the Town of Warsaw, NC has become a major locale for demonstrating the capabilities and benefits of solar energy. I would strongly recommend the services of Birdseye Renewable Energy to everyone.”

– Shawn Condon, Town Manager, Town of Warsaw, NC

Waco Farm
Location: Cleveland County, North Carolina
Size: 6.5 MWdc
Acreage: 42
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline

“Our land is very special to our family, some of it going back as much as 140 years. Brian has been open and clear from our very first contact about the solar farm. I am a very particular person, and can honestly say that having gone through this process twice, I would be more than willing to go through it again.

I appreciated that he spoke to in details, rather than generalities. He was able to answer most of my questions and responding quickly if he needed to get back to me.

Birdseye helped us use surplus land for a guaranteed higher rate of return, as well as be sure that it would be returned to its current condition and preserve it for future generations to farm again.

Brian kept us informed throughout the entire process. Even after Birdseye completed its portion of the work, I could count on the Birdseye team to help facilitate any questions or issues.”

– Marvin Hutchinson, Shelby, NC

Warbler Holdings
Location: Cleveland County, North Carolina
Size: 5.8 MWdc
Acreage: 29
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas
Technology: Solar PV – Polycrystalline
Warsaw Farm
Location: Duplin County, North Carolina
Size: 87.5 MWdc
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