Courtesy of Solar Power World
By Billy Ludt | January 22, 2019

Among the tulip trees, red oaks and Carolina silverbells of Mt. Sterling, a peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stands a 60-ft communications tower. That tower’s a 3.5-mile hike through North Carolina backcountry to the nearest road, and those miles leading back to civilization were, until recently, traced by a lone powerline that connected the tower to the electric grid of Haywood County, North Carolina.