Developer wants to build solar-powered condos in Fountain Inn - FOX Carolina 21

Developer wants to build solar-powered condos in Fountain Inn

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Developer Mark Clayton walks around the land he hopes to build on. (Oct. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina) Developer Mark Clayton walks around the land he hopes to build on. (Oct. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Part of the plans for the proposed development. (Oct. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina) Part of the plans for the proposed development. (Oct. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

He drives a green Jeep and he has a very green plan for part of Greenville County.

Developer Mark Clayton wants to build a condominium complex in Fountain Inn powered by the sun, and it will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Clayton is still awaiting approval from Fountain Inn City Council. He said the condos will be the first step in making green living more appealing and more user-friendly.

"We're going to build the homes and we're going to be using green materials," Clayton said. "We're going to be harvesting our energy from the sun and we  got experts that can help us by holding our hands and teach us how to grow organic vegetables."

The condos will also feature organic vegetable gardens. The vegetables they grow will be sold to local food vendors, and the sales will help pay utilities and maintenance of the new condos, eliminating utility bills for tenants.

The company behind the effort is called Renewable Sustainable Energy. Clayton is a partner with that company, and if Fountain Inn leaders approve the proposal, he hopes to have the complex completed by summer 2014.

The condos would be built in an area near Fairview Road just next to I-385. Clayton said the condos will hopefully bring more people to the area and help revitalize Fountain Inn. Renewable Sustainable Energy plans to test the initiative in Fountain Inn, then expand it to other parts of the Southeast.

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