Portfolio

Birdseye Renewable Energy has developed over 400 megawatts of operational solar assets across North Carolina and Tennessee. These 39 projects represent a total investment of over $690M and cover over 2,300 acres, ranging from a variety of 40-acre sites to a 500-acre assemblage. Birdseye continues to grow and develop a broad pipeline of utility-scale projects across a wide range of state and utility markets.

projects
Apple One Farm
locationCatawba County, North Carolina
size7 MWdc
acreage37
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

“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

  • Apple One
  • Apple One
  • Apple One
  • Apple One
  • Apple One
  • Apple One
Arndt Farm
locationCatawba County, North Carolina
size6.4 MWdc
acreage49
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

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 accomodates 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.

  • Arndt Farm
  • Arndt Farm
  • Arndt Farm
  • Arndt Farm
  • Arndt Farm
  • Arndt Farm
Ayrshire Holdings
locationCleveland County, North Carolina
size27.1 MWdc
acreage118
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

additional information

Recently completed. Pictures forthcoming.

landowner testimonial

“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

  • Ayrshire Holdings
  • Ayrshire Holdings
  • Ayrshire Holdings
Belwood Farm
locationCleveland County, North Carolina
size5.3 MWdc
acreage40
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Belwood
  • Belwood
  • Belwood
  • Belwood
  • Belwood
  • Belwood
Blueberry One Farm
locationWayne County, North Carolina
size6.8 MWdc
acreage32
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Blueberry One
  • Blueberry One
  • Blueberry One
  • Blueberry One
  • Blueberry One
  • Blueberry One
Clipperton Holdings
locationSampson County, North Carolina
size7 MWdc
acreage40
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

Estimated Completion: April 2017

  • Clipperton Holdings
Cocke County Schools
locationCocke County, Tennessee
size690 kWdc
acreageN/A
utilityNewport Utilities & TVA
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

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

  • Cocke County Schools
  • Cocke County Schools
  • Cocke County Schools
  • Cocke County Schools
  • Cocke County Schools
  • Cocke County Schools
Daniel Farm
locationDavie County, North Carolina
size6.4 MWdc
acreage40
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

“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 and timely manner. Great job!”
– Jim Michael, Mocksville, NC

  • Daniel Farm
  • Daniel Farm
  • Daniel Farm
  • Daniel Farm
  • Daniel Farm
  • Daniel Farm
Dixon Dairy Farm
locationCleveland County, North Carolina
size5 MWdc
acreage29
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

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.

landowner testimonial

“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

  • Dixon Dairy Farm
  • Dixon Dairy Farm
  • Dixon Dairy Farm
  • Dixon Dairy Farm
  • Dixon Dairy Farm
  • Dixon Dairy Farm
Hawkins County Schools
locationHawkins County, Tennessee
size1.2 MWdc
acreageN/A
utilityHolston Electric & TVA
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

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

  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Hawkins County Schools
Hawkins Solar Two
locationHawkins County, Tennessee
size1 MWdc
acreage6
utilityHolston Electric & TVA
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

Birdseye recently developed this smaller utility-scale solar project on the site the Phipps Bend Nuclear Power Plant, which was abdanboned 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 chainlink fencing. The project utilizes NEXTracker racking, which slowly moves the panel faces east-to-west throughout the day to optimize energy output.

*Photos are of project mid-construction.

  • Hawkins Solar Two
  • Hawkins Solar Two
  • Hawkins Solar Two
  • Hawkins Solar Two
  • Hawkins Solar Two
  • Hawkins Solar Two
Holstein Holdings
locationScotland County, North Carolina
size25.7 MWdc
acreage125
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

landowner testimonial

“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

  • Holstein Holdings
  • Holstein Holdings
  • Holstein Holdings
  • Holstein Holdings
  • Holstein Holdings
  • Holstein Holdings
Hutchinson Farm
locationCleveland County, North Carolina
size6.8 MWdc
acreage32
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

landowner testimonial

"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 team to help facilitate any questions or issues."

- Marvin Hutchinson, Shelby, NC

  • Hutchinson Farm
  • Hutchinson Farm
  • Hutchinson Farm
  • Hutchinson Farm
  • Hutchinson Farm
  • Hutchinson Farm
Kirkwall Holdings
locationDuplin County, North Carolina
size7 MWdc
acreage34
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Kirkwall Holdings
  • Kirkwall Holdings
  • Kirkwall Holdings
  • Kirkwall Holdings
  • Kirkwall Holdings
  • Kirkwall Holdings
Laurinburg Farm
locationScotland County, North Carolina
size6.4 MWdc
acreage30
utilityCity of Laurinburg & NCEMPA
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

landowner testimonial

“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

  • Laurinburg Farm
  • Laurinburg Farm
  • Laurinburg Farm
  • Laurinburg Farm
  • Laurinburg Farm
  • Laurinburg Farm
Leicester Farm
locationBuncombe County, North Carolina
size4.8 MWdc
acreage24
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Innovative
  • Leicester
  • Leicester
  • Leicester
  • Leicester
  • Leicester
Marshville Farm
locationUnion County, North Carolina
size6 MWdc
acreage35
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Marshville Farm
  • Marshville Farm
  • Marshville Farm
  • Marshville Farm
  • Marshville Farm
  • Marshville Farm
McGoogan Farm
locationRobeson County, North Carolina
size6.5 MWdc
acreage39
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

additional information

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.

  • McGoogan
  • McGoogan
  • McGoogan
  • McGoogan
  • McGoogan
  • McGoogan
Mocksville Farm
locationDavie County, North Carolina
size6.4 MWdc
acreage33
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Mocksville Farm
  • Mocksville Farm
  • Mocksville Farm
  • Mocksville Farm
  • Mocksville Farm
  • Mocksville Farm
Mocksville Solar Facility
locationDavie County, North Carolina
size19.9 MWdc
acreage99
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

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.

*Photos are of project mid-construction.

  • Mocksville Solar Facility (Toprak)
  • Mocksville Solar Facility (Toprak)
  • Mocksville Solar Facility (Toprak)
  • Mocksville Solar Facility (Toprak)
  • Mocksville Solar Facility (Toprak)
  • Mocksville Solar Facility (Toprak)
Monroe Solar Facility
locationUnion County, North Carolina
size75.3 MWdc
acreage400
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

additional information

Recently completed. Pictures forthcoming.

  • Monroe Solar Facility
  • Monroe Solar Facility
  • Monroe Solar Facility
  • Monroe Solar Facility
  • Monroe Solar Facility
  • Monroe Solar Facility
Mount Olive I Farm
locationWayne County, North Carolina
size6.8 MWdc
acreage38
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

landowner testimonial

“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 locad foreign ministry with trustworthiness.”

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

  • Mt. Olive 1
  • Mt. Olive 1
  • Mt. Olive 1
  • Mt. Olive 1
  • Mt. Olive 1
Mount Olive II Farm
locationWayne County, North Carolina
size6.7 MWdc
acreage39
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

“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 and foreign ministry with trustworthiness.”

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

  • Mt. Olive 2
  • Mt. Olive 2
  • Mt. Olive 2
  • Mt. Olive 2
  • Mt. Olive 2
  • Mt. Olive 2
NC Solar I Farm
locationScotland County, North Carolina
size2.4 MWdc
acreage23
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

“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 I
  • NC Solar I
  • NC Solar I
  • NC Solar I
  • NC Solar I
  • NC Solar I
NC Solar II Farm
locationScotland County, North Carolina
size2.4 MWdc
acreage13
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • NC Solar II
  • NC Solar II
  • NC Solar II
  • NC Solar II
  • NC Solar II
  • NC Solar II
Prestage Foods Solar Thermal
locationRobeson County, North Carolina
sizeDesigned to provide 125,000 gallons of hot water per day
acreage6.5
utilityOn-site end user (Prestage Foods)
technologySolar Thermal

landowner testimonial

“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

  • Prestage Foods Solar Thermal Project
  • Prestage Foods Solar Thermal Project
  • Prestage Foods Solar Thermal Project
  • Prestage Foods Solar Thermal Project
  • Prestage Foods Solar Thermal Project
  • Prestage Foods Solar Thermal Project
Raeford Farm
locationHoke County, North Carolina
size6.3 MWdc
acreage38
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Raeford Farm
  • Raeford Farm
  • Raeford Farm
  • Raeford Farm
  • Raeford Farm
  • Raeford Farm
Railroad I Farm
locationRobeson County, North Carolina
size6.4 MWdc
acreage33
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

"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 Paul’s NC

  • Railroad I
  • Railroad I
  • Railroad I
  • Railroad I
  • Railroad I
  • Railroad I
Railroad II Farm
locationRobeson County, North Carolina
size6.8 MWdc
acreage52
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

landowner testimonial

"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

  • Railroad II
  • Railroad II
  • Railroad II
  • Railroad II
  • Railroad II
  • Railroad II
Rock Farm
locationRichmond County, North Carolina
size6.7 MWdc
acreage39
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Rock Farm
  • Rock Farm
  • Rock Farm
  • Rock Farm
  • Rock Farm
  • Rock Farm
Shannon Farm
locationRobeson County, North Carolina
size6.5 MWdc
acreage56
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • Shannon Farm
  • Shannon Farm
  • Shannon Farm
  • Shannon Farm
  • Shannon Farm
  • Shannon Farm
Sonne One Farm
locationWayne County, North Carolina
size7 MWdc
acreage43
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

"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 One
  • Sonne One
  • Sonne One
  • Sonne One
  • Sonne One
  • Sonne One
Sonne Two Farm
locationCatawba County, North Carolina
size7 MWdc
acreage44
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

*Photos are of project mid-construction.

landowner testimonial

“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

  • Sonne Two
  • Sonne Two
  • Sonne Two
  • Sonne Two
  • Sonne Two
  • Sonne Two
South Robeson Farm
locationRobeson County, North Carolina
size6.4 MWdc
acreage37
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

  • South Robeson Farm
  • South Robeson Farm
  • South Robeson Farm
  • South Robeson Farm
  • South Robeson Farm
  • South Robeson Farm
Tiburon Holdings
locationDavie County, North Carolina
size6.7 MWdc
acreage33
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

additional information

Recently completed. Pictures forthcoming.

landowner testimonial

“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 and Dianne White, Mocksville, NC

Town of Warsaw Farm
locationDuplin County, North Carolina
size800 kWdc
acreage9
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

"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

  • Town of Warsaw Farm
  • Town of Warsaw Farm
  • Town of Warsaw Farm
  • Town of Warsaw Farm
  • Town of Warsaw Farm
Waco Farm
locationCleveland County, North Carolina
size6.5 MWdc
acreage42
utilityDuke Energy Carolinas
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

"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 team to help facilitate any questions or issues."

- Marvin Hutchinson, Shelby, NC

  • Waco Farm
  • Waco Farm
  • Waco Farm
  • Waco Farm
  • Waco Farm
  • Waco Farm
Warsaw Farm
locationDuplin County, North Carolina
size87.5 MWdc
acreage499
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Thin Film

additional information

Birdseye identified this site in Warsaw, North Carolina as having potential to be a large solar facility. Fostering open & direct relationships with 7 different landowners, Birdseye secured the land necessary for this 89 MW project. We then coordinated all due diligence on the site, and collaborated with both the Town of Warsaw and Duplin County to obtain the proper zoning approvals. The Warsaw Farm solar project was purchased by the nation's largest utility under a 2014 renewable RFP. At the time of construction, it was the largest solar project east of the Rocky Mountains.

landowner testimonial

"The idea of having a solar farm had never crossed my family’s minds until Brian Bednar of Birdseye approached us five years ago about a solar project he was putting together in Warsaw. We met with Brian at our parents’ home, and he explained in detail about solar energy generation as well as his plans for our family farm. Brian presented to us a contract to read and examine, and after a good bit of research and consultation, we decided to take the deal.
This was a large project (over 500 acres) and it took about three years to bring everything together. Brian did an excellent job of keeping us updated on the progress being made (permitting, testing, purchase agreements with Duke Energy, etc.) until the project was ready for construction to begin. Brian Bednar did everything he said he was going to do and made this a pleasurable experience.
The income from the solar farm lease has certainly made a difference financially for my family. The income is much higher than a straight crop lease and is higher and much more consistent than actual crop production income as well. The county also receives five to six times the property tax revenue when the farm is converted to solar. We see solar farming as alternative crop production... we are farming sunshine!"

- Whit Jones & the Jones family, Warsaw, NC

  • Warsaw Farm
  • Warsaw Farm
  • Warsaw Farm
  • Warsaw Farm
  • Warsaw Farm
  • Warsaw Farm
  • Warsaw Farm
Watts Farm
locationRobeson County, North Carolina
size6.4 MWdc
acreage45
utilityDuke Energy Progress
technologySolar PV - Polycrystalline

landowner testimonial

“Our entire family was very excited to be one of the first solar farms in the area. Brian was very personable, caring and thorough when explaining the process to us. He kept everyone informed throughout the entire process. When he visited with our family to discuss possibilities, it was a total delight. Solar helps farmers to use a part of their land for a guaranteed steady income and helps the community as well.”
– Helen Livingston, Laurinburg, NC and Thomas John, Nashville, TN

  • Watts Farm
  • Watts Farm
  • Watts Farm
  • Watts Farm
  • Watts Farm
  • Watts Farm