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RALEIGH, N.C. — Today, RTI International, a leading national research institute, released a new study, The Economic Impact Analysis of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina, that reveals sizable contributions that clean energy development is making to the North Carolina economy. The analysis also focuses specifically on the clean energy policies that have had a proven positive economic impact in the state.

“Clean energy has offered the people of North Carolina a solid return on investment, especially in some of our state’s rural communities,” said Lowell Sachs, spokesman for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).  “For example, for every $1 North Carolina invests in tax credits for renewable energy, state and local governments are seeing at least $1.93 flow back into their coffers to support core functions of government…


Posted by Dan E. Kincaid on April 14, 2014 at 5:30pm

ASU Solar Decathlon Team Assembles Solar Home

From High Country Press:

With less than two months until the structure ships to France to compete in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the Appalachian State Solar Decathlon Team, Team Reciprocite, started assembling the structure of their unique design this morning at 8 a.m.

More here.

Posted by Duncan Cavanaugh on March 5, 2014 at 3:55pm

Highland Craftsmen's founder featured in top 10 of women-led B Corps

Great coverage for Chris McCurry of Spruce Pine-based Highland Craftsmen in

Posted by Matt Raker on February 3, 2014 at 3:54pm


"The Iron Yard, a successful accelerator program that has operated classes in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., will add a three-month program in Asheville, recruiting investors , mentors and new businesses that could generate future paychecks for the area."   A-B Techs Education & Entrepreneurial Development Foundation approved the concept. Troy Tolle, a tech entrepreneur, and Marilyn McDonald, the foundation's Executive Director, have been searching for a tech accelerator nationwide that led to the selection of Iron Yard ( "“The Asheville focus will be…


Posted by Dan E. Kincaid on January 15, 2014 at 5:39pm

Solar Jobs Coming To Marion

From WTOE Radio:

Solar Connection will locate its manufacturing facility in McDowell County.  The company plans to create 50 jobs and invest more than $500,000 over the next three years in Marion.  The Solar Connection will manufacture photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and related PV products. They will initially function as a wholesaler, forming local strategic partnerships with installers. The Solar Connection will also partner with local schools to train employers on solar manufacturing and installation.

More here.

Posted by Duncan Cavanaugh on December 19, 2013 at 9:39am

ew Report Reveals High Satisfaction among Renewable Energy System Owners

From NC Sustainable Energy Association Press Release:

Findings suggest the importance of policy as a driver of renewable energy adoption

CHAPEL HILL – A new report produced by the NC Sustainable Energy Association and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise sheds light on the most significant financial, personal and policy factors driving growth in the purchase of solar photovoltaic (PV) and geothermal systems in North Carolina. The two organizations conducted a survey of solar PV and geothermal system owners in the state…


Posted by Ron Townley on December 18, 2013 at 10:39am

Duke Energy starts up new Wilmington plant

Duke Energy’s new natural gas-fired power plant in Wilmington has started operating.

The $600 million L.V. Sutton plant replaces three, 1950s-vintage coal-fired units that Duke recently retired.

Compared to the coal units, the 625-megawatt gas-fired plant will sharply reduce air pollutants, including those that form ozone and haze, and carbon dioxide.

Duke has spent $9 billion in the past decade on new gas and coal-fired power plants in North Carolina and Indiana. Duke plans to retire 25 percent of its coal fleet, which can’t meet new air standards, as the new plants come online.

Posted by Ron Townley on December 12, 2013 at 10:06am


January 22, 2014 McKimmon Conference & Training Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Offered by NC State University's Technology Training Solutions (formerly the Computer Training Unit) We all know that putting our best foot forward in today's competitive business environment is vital every step of the way. In this one-day hands-on workshop you'll learn the basic principles of graphic design and how to apply them to create effective and compelling communication materials. Understanding these principles will arm you with the know-how to make your work look more professional, organized, and interesting, and have more impact.

Special Bonus! Receive the valuable reference book, The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice (Third edition), by Robin Williams--a $39.99 value!

To register or for more information, go to…


Posted by Ron Townley on December 11, 2013 at 2:40pm


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