BSC Library Articles Tagged: Clean Energy

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    RALEIGH TO HOST SOUTHEAST ALTERNATIVE FUELS CONFERENCE

    September 18, 2014

    Photo: Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference Transportation is a central issue for anyone interested in advancing sustainability and tackling the looming problem of climate change. Billed as the largest gathering of its kind this year East of the Mississippi, the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference, organized by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (formerly the NC Solar Center), will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from the 22-24th of October. Featuring 400 attendees, over 50 exhibitors, 100 speakers and 20 ride and drive vehicles, this looks set to be an important event for sustainable transportation advocates.  Keynote speakers will include U.S. Department of…

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    USDA TO INVEST $55 MILLION IN NC SOLAR

    September 22, 2014

    Photo: O2 Energies/screenshot Renewable energy is growing fast in North Carolina. Just last week, Duke Energy announced a $500 million investment in new solar capacity. And on Thursday of last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a Franklin County solar farm to announce $68 million of support from the USDA for 540 new energy effieciency and renewable energy projects. Importantly, for NC, both Time Warner Cable and WRAL are reporting that $55 million of that money will go to North Carolina projects in the form of grants and loan guarantees.  Here's more from the USDA's own announcement on the initiative: In North…

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    OLD, POLLUTED DYE FACTORY BECOMES ECO-INDUSTRIAL PARK

    September 25, 2014

    Photo: ReVenture Park/video screenshot Across the Southeast, manufacturing sites with industrial infrastructure capable of enormous productive potential sit unused and idol. These sites are the garbage piles that manufacturing left behind when corporations moved their operations overseas, to places with less stringent labour and environmental regulations. But Tom McKittrick, founder and President of Forsite Development, doesn’t believe in trash. With the help of a number of partners, Forsite Development took an abandoned, badly polluted, textile-dye manufacturing plant near Mount Holly and turned it into an eco-industrial park that has already become a hub for green-color jobs. In August, McKittrick unveiled…

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    Clean energy creates jobs in NC

    March 16, 2015

    Anticipated Job Growth in 2015. Photo credit: North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) completed its seventh annual North Carolina Clean Energy Industry Census for 2014. This years’ report shows steady growth in the clean energy sector, outpacing the growth of any other sectors of the economy.  From the NCSEA press release: “According to the 2014 Census, North Carolina has experienced approximately 15 percent annual increase in revenues generated by clean energy activities since 2012, reaching $4.8 billion in gross revenues in 2014, up $1.2 billion from 2013. The Census also reports significant job growth in…

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    600 CLEAN ENERGY LEADERS TO GATHER IN CHARLOTTE

    August 21, 2014

    The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's Making Energy Work conference will this year be held on October 1-2 in Charlotte, NC. Bringing together 600 state, regional and national clean energy providers, advocates and decision-makers, the theme for the conference this year is billed as "Securing the Future". Given recent reports that the solar industry is once again facing a shortage of panels due to increased demand, and with on-going debates over the future of energy supply, there is probably no better topic for timely discussion. NCSEA director Ivan Urlaub explained the motivation behind choosing this topic: “This is a critical time for the…

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    NC to get region’s first large-scale wind power

    July 13, 2015

    Photo: Iberdrola Renewables/promotional image When Target announced last week it was putting solar on eight NC stores (Charlotte Business Journal reports this figure may actually be 25 to 30 stores), and figures showed that natural gas beat out coal for the first time ever in NC, we suggested that North Carolina's energy landscape was changing fast. This week brings more evidence of this fact, with news outlets across the country reporting that construction will begin on a $600 million wind power installation near Elizabeth City. Not only will it be the state's first utility-scale wind power plant, but actually the region's first.…

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    STRATA CELEBRATES $1BN INVESTED IN NC SOLAR

    October 20, 2014

    Photo: Strata Solar On October 14th, legislators, community leaders, solar farm landowners and industry representatives gathered at a solar farm in Sampson County to celebrate one company's major clean energy milestone. Strata Solar was announcing it has passed $1 billion in project investments in North Carolina solar since the company was founded in 2009. Whether it's the USDA investing $55 million in NC solar farms or Duke Energy committing to a huge increase in its solar capacity, solar power in North Carolina appears to be on a winning streak right now. (NC has been near the top of national rankings for installed…

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    Campaign calls for solar schools in Durham and Charlotte

    August 20, 2015

    A Greenpeace-backed campaign, Repower Our Schools, is asking Durham and Charlotte school districts to go solar. 

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    APPLE BUILDING 17.5MW SOLAR FARM IN CLAREMONT, NC

    July 9, 2014

    Photo: Apple/video screen capture Apple's massive solar farm in Maiden, NC, has already helped put North Carolina toward the top of the State rankings for new solar installations. Now the Hickory Record reports that the company is building another solar farm, this time in Claremont. According to the Recorder, this will be the third large-scale solar array owned by Apple in Catawba County alone: This would be the company’s third solar farm in Catawba County. One is located on the company’s campus in Maiden. And paperwork filed in 2013 with the N.C. Utilities Commission by SunPower Corporations Systems transferred to…

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    ALDI plans rooftop solar on 10 NC stores

    August 12, 2015

    Target isn't the only bog box retailer investing in North Carolina's clean energy future. 

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    NORTH CAROLINA POLL FINDS BROAD SUPPORT FOR CLEAN ENERGY

    June 20, 2014

    Photo: Activ Solar/creative commons Media discussion of climate change and the future of clean energy is often deeply politicized. Yet the Carlotte Observer reports on a new poll of NC residents which shows broad, bi-partisan support for renewable energy, as well as a majority specifically supporting tax breaks and other government incentives for clean energy expansion. Among the polls findings: Six in 10 NC residents support tax breaks and other incentives for solar energy 86% of Democrats, 84% of independents and 77% of Republicans saying NC should seek more alternative energy sources Nine in 10 NC residents support lifting restrictions…

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    Apple, Google, Facebook warn against NC renewable energy freeze

    May 29, 2015

    Image credit: Apple North Carolina has been enjoying a solar boom of late, not least because tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook have chosen to locate some of their huge, energy-hungry server farms here and to power them using solar energy and other clean technology. Now, as reported by Greentech Media, the three tech giants are flexing their political muscle in support of renewable energy, signing on to a letter in support of maintaining the state's current renewable energy targets. The move comes in response to a North Carolina Senate panel rushing through legislation that would freeze the amount…

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    DUKE’S 300MW SOLAR RFP OVERSUBSCRIBED

    May 1, 2014

    Photo: Activ Solar/creative commons In a sign of just how vibrant NC's solar energy scene is right now, Duke Energy's recent RFP for 300MW of solar projects is already oversubscribed. And not just oversubscribed. It's oversubscribed nearly three times over. This is big news for clean energy advocates. Here's how Cleantechnica reported on the success of this effort:  The 300 MW request for proposals — for solar PV plants over 5 MW — that Duke Energy put out just a few months ago, only just in February for that matter, has already been oversubscribed nearly three times over, according to recent…

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Durham schools can save millions by going solar

    February 3, 2016

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Durham school districts can meet electricity needs, save millions by going 100 percent solar. In a press release published today, February 3, 2016, two reports by the North…

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    HOW SOLARIZE DURHAM PLANS TO TRANSFORM A COMMUNITY: Q&A WITH RITA LEADEM

    February 5, 2014

    Residents gather to learn about Solarize Durham. Photo: NC Warn We already reported on how, under the banner of "Solarize", grassroots solar initiatives are spreading across the state. This DOE funded effort has already kicked off in Asheville and Raleigh, and now Solarize Durham is the latest to get off the ground with a launch event on January 15th. We got in touch with Rita Leadem, Assistant Director of NC WARN, and to discuss what makes Solarize Durham so special. What are the origins of the Solarize concept?   The Solarize model started in Portland, Oregon, as a grassroots effort to…

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    Clean energy jobs grew 20% in 2013

    January 29, 2014

    Photo: Southern Energy Management With big business investing large amounts in NC solar projects, it was little surprise that NC ranked among the top states for solar installations in 2013. But what does this mean for the state's economy, and is solar an outlier, or part of something bigger? According to the NC Sustainable Energy Association's 2013 Census, the entire NC clean tech sector exhibited robust growth in 2013, growing jobs to 18,404 full-time equivalent employees - up by 20% from the year before. And while RTP may be positioning itself as a clean tech/smart grid cluster, this growth seems…

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    HABITAT CHARLOTTE TO INSTALL 550 SOLAR PANELS

    December 11, 2013

    Photo: Phil Prince/Habitat Charlotte Solar power is taking off in a big way in North Carolina. Now Habitat Charlotte, which has already made a strong commitment to green building, is getting in on the act. Charlotte Business Journal reports that the non-profit is installing 550 photovoltaic panels on its roof in an effort to cut carbon emissions and reduce its reliance on the energy grid:  The solar panels are expected to generate 137,500 kilowatt-hours annually. Work started this week, says Habitat Charlotte spokesman Phil Prince. A private investor is underwriting the project. Habitat Charlotte’s main office is on 3815 Latrobe Drive, off…

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    NC’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE: A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL SHORE

    November 19, 2013

    At the 2013 NCSEA Making Energy Work Conference, Michael Shore was honored with a lifetime achievement award – and for good reason. A co-founder and former CEO of Asheville-based FLS Energy, Michael has helped develop some of the state’s most high profile solar installations – including the major solar surge at Camp Lejeune.  He was also influential in the drafting of North Carolina’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, played a lead role in development of our state’s landmark Clean Smokestacks Act and was a founding board member of NC Green Power.  We got on the phone with him to talk about some…

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    RACE CAR DRIVERS RUB SHOULDERS WITH SOLAR PIONEERS: MAKING ENERGY WORK 2013

    November 14, 2013

    Race car driver and environmental activist Leilany Münter stands next to her Tesla Model S Photo: NCSEA It's not often you hear of race car drivers, utility executives, solar installers, bankers and politicians (from both sides of the aisle) gathering to discuss the future of clean energy. But that's exactly what happened at the NC Sustainable Energy Association's annual conference in Raleigh - entitled Making Energy Work.  Present throughout the conversations and presentations at the conference was a very real, tangible sense that the clean energy industry - and the energy sector as a whole - is on the cusp…

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    MAKING ENERGY WORK: WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN NORTH CAROLINA?

    October 22, 2013

    From North Carolina's role in pioneering smart grid technology through a dramatic growth in utility scale solar power to a rapid proliferation of electric vehicle infrastructure - there are dramatic changes going on in how energy is produced and consumed in North Carolina. These changes reflect trends that are happening across the Globe, but how they play out in our region will depend on a broad range of factors from the legislative to the economic to the technological.  Lowell Sachs, Communication Director at NC Sustainable Energy Association, believes these trends will only accelerate. As his organization prepares for its annual conference,…

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    EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE SEEKS CLEAN ENERGY FUNDING

    September 4, 2014

    Photo: R Walker/creative commons The Eastern Band of Cherokee recently opened up a native plant nursery, growing their own supply of native plants to assist their conservation work. The tribe has also installed solar trees and solar hot water to help reduce its energy footprint. Now Triangle Business Journal reports that, with the help of the NC Clean Energy Technology Center located on NC State's Centennial Campus, the tribe is applying for  $4-$7 million in Federal grant money which will be used to fund clean energy and energy efficiency projects.  If the application is successful, the money will come from…

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