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Mississippi Power Files to Increase Its Solar Portfolio to More Than 100 MW

Posted by: Bev Howarth | May 4, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Mississippi Power is expanding its renewable generation portfolio with an agreement to team on another utility-scale solar electric generating farm, this time with solar provider Origis Energy. The company, and Origis, are working to develop a 52 MW solar project on 485 acres in Sumrall, Miss. pending approval […]

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NORTH CAROLINA SOLAR TAX CREDIT EXPANDED FOR 1 YEAR

Posted by: Bev Howarth | May 1, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 02:04PM RALEIGH (WTVD) – With the stroke of his pen Wednesday, Governor Pat McCrory extended North Carolina’s renewable energy tax credit for one year. He signed Senate Bill 372 which pushes the expiration from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017. But McCrory said incentives for the solar industry will end […]

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5 Reasons For North Carolina’s Rapid Emergence As A Solar Energy Leader

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 29, 2015

What state boasts beaches, mountains, and a booming solar industry? California may come to mind first, but now so could North Carolina, thanks to its rapid emergence as a solar energy leader. According to a recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts, North Carolina ranks fourth nationally and first in the Southeast in installed solar capacity. […]

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Report: Many Factors Contribute to NC’s Solar Renaissance

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 28, 2015

North Carolina’s stratospheric ascent to becoming the nation’s fourth-largest developer of solar energy is the result of numerous forces aligning under the sun, according to a report issued Monday by the Rocky Mountain Institute. The institute’s report summarizes a slew of recent reports that track different aspects of North Carolina’s solar renaissance, underscoring this state’s […]

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Nash County Recommending Approval of Solar Farm

Posted by: Bev Howarth | April 27, 2015

NASHVILLE – Continuing a green energy gold rush, the Nash County Planning Board is recommending approval of another solar farm. If the Board of Commissioners approves the plan after a quasi-judicial public hearing in May, the number of sunlight-to-power plants in the county will rise to around 15. Solar farms were virtually unheard of in […]

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Solar Power Good For All Duke Customers

Posted by: Bev Howarth |

As pastor of a predominantly African-American church in Greensboro, I, the Rev. Nelson Johnson, have been visited by three individuals selling a “solar power hurts the poor” message. The claim is that the poor are left to subsidize more affluent customers who buy rooftop solar power systems – because the nonsolar customers must pay more […]

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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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