Tags:From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
Deltec Homes was in the green building business long before sustainability was cool.
Founded in 1968, Deltec manufactures distinctive round homes at its Bingham Road plant. The homes are sturdy enough to withstand hurricane-force winds.
When Deltec President David Hall wanted his factory to become more energy-independent, he turned to Dave Hollister of Sundance Power Systems to install an array of electricity-producing solar panels on Deltec’s roof. Now instead of bills from Progress Energy, Hall’s company collects a monthly check from the utility.
“Business leaders have to balance the bottom line with stewardship,” Hall said.
Hollister, in turn, has brought his business closer to home, buying tanks for his solar water-heating systems from a company in Raleigh, rather than in Jacksonville, Fla. “As energy becomes more expensive, we’re going to have look toward more regional economies,” Hollister said.
Both businessmen point to the partnership between Sundance and Deltec, demonstrating how Western North Carolina can build a green supply chain, linking a growing number of clean-energy companies across the mountains.Read the full article