Dominion turns on renewable microgrid in Kitty Hawk

By on July 27, 2014


One of the site’s four wind turbines. (Michelle Wagner)

The same wind that will provide energy steadily blew Friday in Kitty Hawk dignitaries and Dominion North Carolina Power officials gathered to dedicate the company’s first renewable power grid.

The Microgrid Research Project at Dominion’s regional office will reduce the amount of power it pulls from the grid and includes four wind turbines able to produce 13 kilowatts and ground-mounted solar panels that can generate 6 kilowatts.

One turbine is 65 feet and the others reach 45 feet into the sky. The project will also have 75 kilowatt-hours of battery storage.

An educational kiosk at the Woods Road office, Kitty Hawk Town Hall and Kitty Hawk Elementary School will allow visitors to monitor the performance of the system and analyze data.

Planning and construction of the project took just over a year and a half and included securing a text amendment to the town’s ordinance to allow for the turbines.

Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Warren Judge said during the ceremony that it is fitting the project is taking off in Kitty Hawk


Local leaders joined the ribbon cutting. (Michelle Wagner)

“It was 115 years ago that a couple of brothers came to the Outer Banks also in search of wind,” he said. “As our country has moved from the industrial age to the technology and computer age, we too need to move from the fossil fuel age to the age of renewable energy.”

“We hope that the public will become a part of this, come visit and enjoy seeing these wind turbines turn,” said Mary Doswell, Dominion’s senior vice president for alternative energy.

Doswell said she envisions renewable power grids such as this to be just one of the new technological advances on the horizon. Fuels cells that run off natural gas and more efficient motors are not far behind, she said.

Judge was accompanied by more than 20 dignitaries for the official ribbon-cutting that took place in just the right conditions for the grid to start generating renewable energy.

While the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow, they were on Friday.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12- Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 1/24/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from theWhiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@ for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.


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