WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Sol Systems successfully placed $15 million in tax equity into two 2.5 MW North Carolina projects on behalf of a Fortune 100 company. The financing arrangement marks the Fortune 100 company's first investment in solar and provides the solar industry with a new source of tax equity.
The US solar industry is supported by a 30% investment tax credit that generally requires outside investors with profitable…
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Schletter, a global manufacturer of solar mounting systems, was awarded a 100 MW (installed PV capacity) supply agreement with Strata Solar, a leading installer/service provider of utility, commercial, and residential PV systems. The partnership agreement is expected to be completed within 2013.
In mid-2012 Schletter, announced plans to triple its manufacturing capacity with the addition of an eastern…
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Here's a quick snippet from Jim Kennerly's Regulartory Update as Regulatory Analyst for the NC Sustainable Energy Association:
At its staff conference on Tuesday, January 22nd, the Utilities Commission granted certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCNs) to several dozen utility-scale solar projects totaling 166 megawatts (MW) in nameplate capacity. While there is no guarantee…Continue
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Appalachian State University is one of only three U.S. universities selected to participate in the prestigious Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, an international competition inspired by the U.S. Solar Decathlon that challenges student teams to design and…
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Fletcher town council members finalized an agreement Monday with the developers of a $5 million solar farm on Jackson Road, allowing the project to move forward in return for at least $218,000 worth of compensation over the next 30 years.
The 15-acre project is one of four solar farm developments worth $16 million that Innovative Solar Systems is…
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Does your communities' plans, ordinances, and land use regulations encourage clean, safe solar energy?Yes, no, not sure? If you would like to learn more about planning and zoning tools for solar energy, APA provides an excellent PAS Packet featuring an extensive collection of sample ordinances on solar access, solar siting, and solar energy systems large and small, along with background articles and examples…Continue
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Concerns about damage to eastern Buncombe County forests and views will force a January public hearing on what could be one of the state’s biggest solar energy projects.
Three residents sent letters to the N.C. Utilities Commission expressing concerns about the project, that could start next year on land owned by the Ridgecrest Conference Center. If all phases are completed, 90,500 solar panels would cover five different sites totaling 200 acres.
The full $65…
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The Ridgecrest Conference Center could become home to one of the state’s largest investments in solar power, featuring potentially 90,500 solar panels tucked away from view on 200 acres of the mountain retreat.
Amenergy Inc., based in Santa Fe,…
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"Schletter Inc. has picked Cleveland County for a 305-job U.S. headquarters and production facility for making solar-power mounting systems." This is an example of a solar supply chain "link" that has selected Shelby, NC for its $27 million United States corporate headquarters, manufacturing and distribution operations. See the Charlotte Business Journal article at:…Continue
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched two new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. State and local governments, site owners, and community members can use the tools to help identify the most desirable sites for solar or wind installations from both a logistical and economic standpoint, without the need for…Continue
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Application Due: April 3, 2012
GreenCo Solutions, Inc. is seeking proposals for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from qualified solar resources. The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit and screen competitive proposals for potential REC purchase agreements to comply with solar requirements set forth in NC Session Law 2007-397 (Senate Bill 3).
GreenCo is seeking RECs from solar projects totaling up to 10 MW from one or more suppliers. The minimum…Continue
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The letter of intent deadline (optional) is April 2, 2012. Concept papers are due April 9, 2012 and full applications are due May 29, 2012.
The Sunshot Incubator Program provides support to assist small businesses in making the transition from a proof of concept or business plan to domestic commercialization or deployment of solar energy products through advanced research and development, strengthening domestic manufacturing and cutting-edge technology. Proposed activities should be…Continue
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From the Smoky Mountain News
The Town of Sylva, in a quiet way, is busy setting a green example for its Western North Carolina neighbors. First the fire department, and now the new police department, incorporate green, environmentally friendly components. Green strategies packaged with renovations to the old library include solar cells to augment the electrical system and a solar setup to heat water for showers. Solar tubes, a form of sky lights,…
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Solar Costs Drop as Conventional Energy Prices Continue to Rise
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RALEIGH, NC — Solar power has the potential to hedge rising electricity costs, according to a study by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). The 32-page report, “Levelized Cost of Solar Photovoltaics in North…Continue
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Strata Solar has filed applications with N.C. regulators to build two more 5-megawatt solar farms in the Charlotte region — its second in Lincoln County and its third in Cleveland County.
The Lincoln County project will be in North Brook on 121 acres at N.C. Highway 27 and Hebron Church Road. The installation, called Vale Farm, should be producing energy by the end of the year, Strata says in a filing with the N.C. Utilities Commission.
It will be a companion to the…Continue
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As part of a project to promote renewable energy production, the Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation & Development is accepting applications from western North Carolina farmers interested in generating renewable energy on their farms. The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is providing 40 percent cost-share funding…Continue
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North Carolina farmers are finding innovative ways to lower costs and increase revenue with solar energy and energy efficiency. On Jan. 31, 2012 members of the USDA in Guilford County will be hearing from professionals in solar…Continue
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After holding a 30-minute closed session, the McDowell County Commissioners agreed Monday to lease some county-owned property for a solar farm. After the session, the commissioners voted unanimously to issue a non-binding letter of intent to lease some county-owned property to N.C. Renewable Energy, LLC. The energy generated by the solar farm would be sold back to Duke Energy. The revenue that would be made from leasing the site is still being negotiated. “We have not nailed down the…Continue
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