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The April 15 Green Monday will highlight residential solar energy in addition to complimentary clean energy sources that contribute to a "net-zero" building design.
The benefits of solar and other alternative energy sources are familiar to many Asheville residents and friends of BRSI. Questions we face are:
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REAP provides grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to conduct feasibility study for a renewable energy system as well as to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The…Continue
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Biofuels Center boosts renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina with $600K investment and more...
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Transylvania County could become home to a bio/renewable diesel fuel plant, the first of its kind in Western North Carolina, an agent for the proposed project's developers said Tuesday.
Renewable Developers LLC is looking at possibly locating a…
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Today Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released “Financing Energy Upgrades for K-12 School Districts” a guide to tapping into funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvement in…Continue
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The Unites States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has released the results of a cost-benefit analysis for using switchgrass to heat homes and business in the northeast region of the U.S. The life-cycle assessment compared the costs of energy generation from coal, natural gas, fuel oil and switchgrass. The…Continue
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3Degrees has launched three new renewable energy certificate (REC) products, which offer customers a greater choice in the type and location of the renewable generation that their REC purchase will support. All RECs offered by 3Degrees are certified by Green-e Energy. Read more...
Added by AdvantageGreen on August 8, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments
Presented by AppState’s Energy Center, AdvantageWest and the EvolveEnergy Partnership
Renewable Energy Supply Chain Manufacturing Opportunitiesis a series of three workshops that seek to leverage the tremendous market growth for renewable energy equipment – both global and domestic – into increased industry activity and new manufacturing jobs in Western North Carolina.…Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
A new report from the nonprofit organization Climate Solutions presents the early results of a range of small- and medium-sized cities that are testing and refining strategies for clean energy and energy efficiency. The report, entitled Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up, describes innovative financial mechanisms, pilot projects, and clean energy marketing strategies that can serve as models for other communities around the United States.
Many of the communities…Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 20, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments
ASHEVILLE — Farmers, area restaurants and energy-conscious drivers could benefit from a pilot program to develop homegrown biofuels in the mountains.
Blue Ridge Biofuels, AdvantageWest, Biltmore Estate and other partners have been awarded a $130,000 grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina for a yearlong study of the F3 or “Field to Fryer to Fuel” program.
Blue Ridge Biofuels will produce edible oils from regionally grown oil seeds, sell these oils to restaurant…
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Rural small businesses can request an energy efficiency assessment by Waste Reduction Partners at a reduced cost. The energy assessment will identify cost effective energy saving measures that can be pursued by your business. WRP’s team of energy professionals has received funding support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to perform energy efficiency assessments at qualifying rural small businesses in North Carolina. The assessments can also be used by the business as part of a grant…Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 10, 2012 at 9:50am — No Comments
Hosting an international audience of on-the-ground innovators and executive level decision makers from the public and private sectors as well as thought leaders from academia, SXSW Eco 2012 will evolve the conversation of sustainability beyond rhetoric and towards solutions. Join us in Austin, Texas from October 3-5, 2012 for discovery, cutting-edge discussion and unique…Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 10, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments
Two North Carolina vineyards have recently adopted solar technology. In Glen Apline, Lake James Cellars, which is located in an old textile mill once powered by steam and coal, today is running largely on solar power. Owners Michael and Betty Fowler submitted a grant to the N.C. Green Business Fund, which helps small businesses gain improvements in the biofuels and green building industry. Sandy Cross Vineyard in…Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 10, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments
On June 19th more than 80 individuals turned out for the third quarterly meeting of the North Carolina Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce. The meeting held in Kernersville, N.C., brought together representatives from across the state of North Carolina - from state and local governments, PEV industries, academia and nonprofit organizations to regional councils of government (COG), civic groups and PEV drivers associations. Important topics of the meeting included: the current…
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
N.C. Director of the Green Economy Larry Shirley joined U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Piedmont Biofuels President Lyle Estill and a host of other government and corporate leaders on June 29 to cut the ribbon on an addition to Piedmont that is the first of its kind in the country.
Piedmont Biofuels opened the doors to the first enzymatic biodiesel plant -- the first facility capable of creating renewable fuel using enzymatic catalysis. The new technology expands the range of fats, oils and…Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Like a Jedi responding to changing events by striving to bring balance to the Force, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under Chairman Jon Wellinghoff has been rapidly reshaping the formerly sclerotic electricity sector to make it responsive to new technologies. Some of the sector’s fossil fuel-centric rules left a high barrier to entry for so-called variable resources: energy like wind and solar that are only created when the wind blows or the sun shines, unlike, say, a gas or nuclear…Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 9, 2012 at 5:41pm — No Comments
Several new, federally-funded grant opportunities for biofuel initiatives have been announced by the Obama Administration, as part of the ongoing commitment to reduce our reliance on imported oil. Summaries are listed below, but additional details can be found by following this link:Continue
Added by AdvantageGreen on July 9, 2012 at 5:39pm — No Comments