Small Business Spotlight: Soaring Eagle Campground
Soaring Eagle Campground in Lenoir City, Tennessee, about 30 minutes west of Knoxville, is beautifully situated along the Clinch River and Watts Bar Lake. Last month, we got to enjoy the scenery as we installed 50 solar panels on their main office building. The solar system will reduce the building’s electric costs by about 40%.
“With 13 electric meters on site, the cost of electricity is one of our biggest expenses,” says Soaring Eagle Campground owner Danny Fischer.
The Fischer family has owned the campground for 26 years, and it includes 100 campsites, a mobile home park, apartments and RV and boat storage.
“I’ve always been interested in solar,” says Fischer. “With lower prices and the federal tax credit which was recently extended, it just made sense for us to invest in solar and harness the enormous power available,” he adds.
Soaring Eagle Campground obtained a project loan through local bank BB&T, as well as REAP grant approval from the USDA. Once the project is installed, USDA will reimburse him for 25% of the total project cost.
Danny Fischer is already thinking about a second solar installation in the future.
“I hope to pass my business on to my children,” he explains. “Solar reduces electric bills, and it’s the right thing to do,” he says.
LightWave Solar will commission the 13 kilowatt solar system in early March with Rockwood Electric Utility.