Archive for October 10th, 2012

The N.C. Solar Center announces launch of new Industry Advisory Council

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The N.C. Solar Center is pleased to announce the initial five members appointed to its Industry Advisory Council:

Allen Burchett, SVP Strategic Initiatives and Business Development, ABB, Inc.

Kenny Habul, President & CEO, SunEnergy1

Lee J. Peterson, Esq., Senior Manager – Renewable Energy and Tax, CohnReznick, LLP

Kerry Henderson, Principal & Managing Director, Gibbs & Soell 

Ralph Thompson, President & CEO, Holocene  


The Council is expected to eventually reach between 10-15 members.


The Industry Advisory Council advises the N.C. Solar Center on fulfilling its mission of advancing a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies.

The membership of the Council will represent the programmatic focus of the Center, including representatives from the solar, wind, advanced transportation, smart grid, industrial efficiency, and high performance buildings industries.  Members of the Council have the opportunity to advise leadership regarding Center’s strategic direction and programmatic focus.  The Center strives to maintain cutting-edge relevance to the clean energy industries of North Carolina and beyond.  For this reason, the Council is critical to the Center’s process to determine the best way to focus resources.  The Council will be an active group that coordinates private sector input in the decision making process of the Center.   At the same time, Council members serve as ambassadors to help tell the story of the Center’s work in economic development and technology endeavors that support this booming sector of North Carolina and the national economy.  Membership is by invitation only.

N.C. State University’s new 11 megawatt combined heat & power system set to generate $4.3M energy savings in first year

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N.C. State University has completed an 11 MW combined heat and power project on campus, a move toward making the N.C. State a more sustainable community.  The project is located on main campus at the University’s Cates Facility, and is expected to generate $4.3 million of energy savings in the first year of operation.  The project will increase N.C. State’s electrical and steam system efficiency by roughly 35%, reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions by 8%, or 33,000 CO2 equivalent metric tons. The system will be fueled by natural gas, and will include two 5.5 MW Combustion Turbines, two 50,000 PPH heat recovery steam generators, a 2,000 ton chiller and a cooling tower.  Overall the system will provide approximately 30% of a typical day’s supply of power to North and Central campus.

NC State's 11MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant

The project is being completed through a performance contract with Ameresco, Inc., and it will officially open and change over to N.C. State ownership on November 14, 2012.  The Clean Power and Industrial Energy Efficiency team at the N.C. Solar Center assisted with this project by providing initial project feasibility analysis and technical assistance.  Learn more about how this project helps achieve N.C. State University’s Sustainability goals.


Dialogue On Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat & Power Underway in the Southeast

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The U.S. Department of Energy Southeast Clean Energy Application Center co-hosted a workshop with the Industrial Energy Efficiency Network for Southeast utilities and major industrials on September 25th in Nashville, Tennessee.   The one-day workshop connected nearly 40 manufacturing corporate energy managers and energy utility energy efficiency program design managers for a one on one conversation concerning utility incentives for energy efficiency and combined heat & power systems.   Southeast industry was represented by a broad range of participants from Frito-Lay Inc., Saint-Gobain, Olin Chemical, Michelin Tire, Nissan North America Inc, Bonnell Aluminum, Johnson Controls, Honda Manufacturing and McKee Foods.  Southeast utility representatives from Tennessee Valley Authority, Duke Energy, Alabama Power, Georgia Power and Southern Company were in attendance.

On January 24th, 2013, The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, in conjunction with the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action Network) is convening a southeast regional dialogue meeting on Industrial Energy Efficiency & Combined Heat and Power in Little Rock, AR.  The meeting will be a part of a series with two regional workshops hosted in Baltimore, MD on March 13, 2013 and in the Western United States in May, 2013.  These workshops will gather state energy officials, industry, utilities and other stakeholders to discuss strategies to meet the objectives outlined in the August 30, 2012 Executive Order – Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency.  The Executive Order sets a goal of 40 gigawatts of new, cost-effective industrial CHP in the U.S. by 2020, it directs the agencies, including DOE, with convening stakeholders, through a series of public workshops, to develop and encourage the use of best practice State policies and investment models that address the multiple barriers to investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP.  Discussions will cover developing and implementing state best practice policies and investment models that address the multiple barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP).

Click here for more information on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Southeast Industrial Energy Efficiency & Combined Heat and Power Regional Dialogue Meeting

The N.C. Solar Center hosts the U.S. DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (SE-CEAC) as part of its Renewable Energy, Clean Power and Industrial Efficiency program.  The SE-CEAC promotes market development for CHP throughout the Southeast region as a clean distributed energy resource. As part of this the SE-CEAC supports policy analysis and barrier removal, as well as education and outreach resources. Together the N.C. Solar Center and SE-CEAC combine efforts to work with legislators, regulatory commissions, state and local government officials, and their staffs to educate them on effective CHP policies and existing barriers that need addressed.

Newly Updated Web-Based Tool Helps Examine Best Use of Incentive Dollars for On-site Wind

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New York and Massachusetts increase rank while California and Vermont scale back

Comparing the combined impact of state and federal policies for small-scale wind is now easier thanks to a recent facelift of the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool, available at Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts show the most favorable net cost of energy (COE) for small wind projects, while recent changes to incentives in California and Vermont have worsened those states’ market environment compared to previous years.

The tool was developed with the support of the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program as a collaborative project of eFormative Options, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.  First released in 2011, the Policy Tool is a one-stop shop for information related to the cost, policies, incentives and other details associated with smaller, consumer-owned wind power generation. Data is pooled from various sources and the numbers are crunched to determine key financial results for each state, including the number of years to simple payback, the cost of energy (COE), the internal rate of return, and net present value. The Policy Tool was created to help policymakers, industry representatives and advocates better understand the key differences that exist between states’ distributed wind policies and keep tabs on the complex, ever-changing landscape.

In the newly released Policy Tool Version 2.0, data are updated to better reflect the current state of affairs across the U.S. And now the Policy Tool has more user-friendly features, such as a slider bar to adjust the Annual Energy Production (AEP) and pop-up windows that define various acronyms and terms for quick reference.

America Votes Solar – National Solar Survey 2012

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During early September, Hart Research undertook an online national survey of 1,206 registered voters on behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  The margin of error for the survey was +/- 2.8 percentage points.   Key Findings of the survey were:

9 of 10 voters (92%) believe it is important for the United States to develop and use solar power.

Of all the sources of energy that government can and should support, voters put solar at the top of the list.

By nearly a four to one margin, voters want government to support solar through tax credits and financial incentives.

Click here to see more in depth analysis of the survey.