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Another Measure to Block Advance of NC Renewables Law Falls

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 24, 2015

RALEIGH — North Carolina electric companies must keep planning to generate more power through alternative sources and other measures after an effort to freeze those requirements failed to advance Wednesday through a House committee. The House Public Utilities Committee narrowly defeated an effort to freeze the percentage of retail sales that utilities must create using […]

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Coalition Pushing for CMS to Go Solar, Durham Writes Energy Resolution

Posted by: Bev Howarth |

The Repower our Schools Coalition is driving a truck with 20 attached solar panels to schools in Charlotte and Durham in an effort to educate students and push for a solar movement. Repower our Schools, part of Greenpeace, is asking Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Durham Public Schools to “pass resolutions that save critical school funding by […]

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Rio Tinto Stadium to Feature One of the Largest Solar Arrays in American Sports

Posted by: Bev Howarth |

The promised additions continue at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake has partnered with Auric Solar to install the state’s largest privately-owned solar array at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy in an announcement made on April 7. A 2,020-kilowatt system of solar panels installed on the structure and in addition a new covered parking area […]

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Mississippi Power announces plans for largest utility-scale solar projects in the state

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 23, 2015

April 23, 2014 Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build utility-scale solar electric generating farms at two different locations in the company’s service territory. With a combined total of approximately 53 megawatts, together these projects would represent the largest solar installations in Mississippi. “We are excited […]

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Duke Energy’s N.C. Solar Projects to Employ 900 Construction Workers Apr 22, 2015, 10:12am EDT

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 22, 2015

John Downey, Senior Staff Writer-Charlotte Business Journal Duke Energy Progress expects to have 900 workers on the job during peak construction this summer at three solar farms it is building in North Carolina. Duke (NYSE:DUK) purchased development rights to the three projects from independent power producers as part of the $500 million Duke has said it […]

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Whiteville

Sunny Outlook for Solar Power in Columbus County

Posted by: Bev Howarth |

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – By the end of the year, solar panels in Columbus County are expected to generate more power than the county’s 58,000 residents use, according to the local economic developer. “That’s a pretty big accomplishment, and we’re just getting started,” said Gary Lanier, director of the Columbus County Economic Development Commission. A […]

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President Obama Announces ‘Solar Ready Vets’ Program

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 21, 2015

On April 3 at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, President Obama unveiled the Solar Ready Vets jobs program. In his announcement, President Obama said, “The solar industry is adding jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy. They’re good-paying jobs that are helping folks enter in the middle class. And today what […]

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Focus on Support for Solar Owners

Posted by: Bev Howarth |

By Ed Felker, Roll Call Staff, April 17, 2015, 1:08 p.m. While the solar industry and environmental groups look ahead to protecting the federal solar investment tax credit, they are at the same time engaged in a campaign to maintain the financial supports solar owners get at the state and local level. The push includes opposition to […]

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San Francisco Introduces Free, Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging

Posted by: Bev Howarth |

By Wayne Cunningham, April 17, 2015 12:51 PM PDT In a demonstration project, San Francisco unveiled three installations of an off-the-grid solar-powered charging station, allowing electric vehicle owners to pull up and charge for free. Electric vehicle proponents cite the cars’ zero tailpipe emissions and extremely efficient use of energy, while critics often point out how […]

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Advocates Push for Energy Freedom Act

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 13, 2015

FORSYTH COUNTY — Supporters of a solar energy bill hope it could give more options to low income families facing tough decisions over high utility bills. The Energy Freedom Act in state lawmakers’ hands will allow separate contractors to install solar panels in a home. “My mother was behind on payments, and we weren’t able […]

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