Cooperative Extension News

Carl Mitchell - Extension Agent

The sun has been on everyone’s mind this week with the eclipse and all the excitement surrounding it. It’s amazing to think about what all the sun does for us and all of the processes it drives. Farmers are the original sun harvesters as plants are used to take solar energy and turn it into something we can consume or refine using animals. Oil, gas, and coal are all nothing more than stored energy from the sun. We are blessed with a lot of sun in North Carolina. When my wife first moved down from Ohio, she was surprised by the need for sunglasses during the winter months. Sure enough, when we go visit her family, it’s overcast nearly every day.

North Carolina currently ranks number two in the country in solar energy production. Researchers at NC State University have identified Stokes County as an area of high potential for residential and utility scale solar energy production. Increasing solar energy production in the area sounds like a great way to bolster our economy while preserving our rural culture.

On August 29 at 6 p.m. in the South Stokes High School Auditorium, a solar education meeting will be held discussing the pros, cons, challenges, and benefits of utility scale solar energy systems. The NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NCSU are providing the education for the meeting. Tommy Cleveland will lead the discussion as a professional solar PV engineer. The meeting is open to the public and all interested are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending, please call 336-593-8179 or email to RSVP. To learn more, please visit

Carl Mitchell

Extension Agent