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Duke Energy commits $500 million to N.C. solar power expansion – Triangle Business Journal

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo | September 15, 2014

Duke Energy commits $500 million to N.C. solar power expansion The solar commitments are the result of Charlotte-based Duke’s request for proposals issued in February for new solar capacity. Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) is making a $500 million commitment to a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina. The company will acquire and construct [...]

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Spring Hope’s first solar farm now generating power

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo | September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014 Open for business — With Rep. George Holding, wielding the scissors, the Nash 64 Solar Farm was officially opened on Thursday, Aug. 28. Also attending the ceremony were (from left): Betsy McCorkle, director of government affairs with the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association; Spring Hope Planning Board members Garfield Mills and Allen Barbee; [...]

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The Daily Tar Heel :: New legislation increases solar costs, producers adapt

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo | September 2, 2014

New legislation increases solar costs, producers adapt An Oregon-based solar panel producer has created a bump in the road to providing clean, low-cost energy for a Chapel Hill-based solar energy provider. SolarWorld Industries America Inc., which is located in Hillsboro, Oregon, petitioned the International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce to investigate [...]

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Solar Trade Wars Create Uncertainty, Alter Economics- Investor’s Business Daily

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo |

September 2, 2014 Solar Trade Wars Create Uncertainty, Alter Economics Recent salvos in the long-running solar-energy trade wars are brightening hopes for some solar companies and dimming prospects for others. Double-digit tariffs that the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped on solar-panel makers in China and Taiwan during July have drawn protests from foreign-based companies such [...]

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A Solar Bright Spot In The NC Economy | WUNC

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo |

September 2, 2014 A Solar Bright Spot In The NC Economy   Strata Solar has constructed more than 60 clean energy projects across North Carolina, and they hosted a ribbon-cutting Thursday. It’s just another example of how fast the solar sector is growing in the state. Betsy McCorkle is Director of Government Relations for the [...]

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Solar Power In North Carolina | WFAE

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo |

September 2, 2014 North Carolina is a good state for sunshine, making it a good state for solar power generation. In fact, solar energy production has grown exponentially here because of generous tax credits, favorable state standards and rapidly decreasing technology costs. All that has made a virtually non-existent industry into one that is fourth [...]

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Chapel Hill’s Strata Solar to have 80 solar farms by end of 2014 – Triangle Business Journal

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo | August 27, 2014

Chapel Hill’s Strata Solar to have 80 solar farms by end of 2014 Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar brings a new solar farm online every 10 days, and at this rate, the solar photovoltaic company will have 80 farms up and running by the end of the year. The most recent farms are in Laurinburg, Clarkton [...]

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Plan in works for solar farm in Pender County

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo | August 26, 2014

August 26, 2014 Plan in works for solar farm in Pender County Catawba County got on the bandwagon early, and – closer by – Robeson County has a slew of them. A big one is underway in Duplin County, and now Pender has made the map. It will be a while before a proposed 5-megawatt, [...]

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North Carolina’s largest solar project moves closer to construction – Charlotte Business Journal

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo |

August 26, 2014 N.C.’s largest solar project moves closer to construction Strata Solar expects the 65-megawatt farm, three times the size of the largest solar project in the state, to take about 10 months to build once construction starts.   Strata Solar and Duke Energy Progress appear on the verge of announcing an agreement to [...]

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Erwin Welcomes Completed Solar Farm-The Daily Record

Posted by: Dominika Wycislo | August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014 Erwin Welcomes Completed Solar Farm Erwin is now part of a growing $2.1 billion industry in North Carolina. Solar energy is blossoming all around the state and acreage filled with panel arrays is becoming commonplace — seen along highways and depleted farmland to soak up thesun and create energy. On Wednesday, state [...]

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