Archive for September 19th, 2013

Forum for the Development of a Template Solar Ordinance for NC – Lumberton, NC on 9/24

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

Presented jointly by
the NC Sustainable Energy Association & NC Solar Center

Join the NC Sustainable Energy Association and the NC Solar Center for the fourth in a series of five public for a designed specifically to spark critical information sharing on the technical, social, and environmental aspects of solar projects, with the goal of informing the development of a template solar ordinance for NC.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Carolina Civic Center
315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC  28359


Seating is Limited:   Register today for Lumberton Forum


Please visit the NC Sustainable Energy Association site for an agenda.


Also, please join us in Charlotte for the Final Forum!

Friday, October 18, 2013 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Harris Conference Center

3216 Central Piedmont Community College Harris Campus Dr.

Charlotte, NC 28208
Seating is Limited:   Register today for Charlotte Forum


North Carolina has experienced dynamic growth in solar photovoltaic system development; much of it in rural areas of North Carolina where jobs have been created and tax bases have grown.  Still, there is limited education for the general public, land owners, and local governments on facilitating this type of development in a way that harmonizes with local needs.  Though some towns and counties have already passed solar ordinances to provide a useful guide for the development of solar projects, many others have not. This forum series offers a chance for local education and discussion on solar development, as well as an opportunity for all stakeholders to begin to provide input to the drafting of the template solar ordinance for North Carolina. The result of this collaborative effort will offer a path that can help all interested parties in North Carolina advance their goals and protect their interests regardless of where they come from or what they hope to achieve.

The template solar ordinance will be available in October and can be adapted and adopted by counties and municipalities across the state.   We encourage your attendance at this dynamic and informative event.

There is also opportunity to begin sharing your thoughts and ideas on this topic through the Institute for Emerging Issues Commons Tool.  In order to provide input through the Commons, interested parties must first register using a quick – and free – process. After registering, people interested in contributing simply log into the Commons site and click on the challenge questions at the bottom of the Working Groups page to get started. Links to other ordinances offered as examples are included on the first Working Groups page as a helpful reference and additional background is available to help guide people through each of the challenge questions as you click through.

To access the IEI Commons online tool, please go to the following link: The landing page will prompt you to log in (or register if you are a first time visitor to the site). From there, you can access the ten challenge statements and begin sharing your ideas.


Benefits of Attendance
  • Increase your understanding of local solar development and permitting processes and issues.
  • Learn about stakeholder values regarding solar energy facilities and land use.
  • Learn how solar affects local communities.
  • Explore best practices for solar siting.
  • Network with energy leaders, consumers, planners and many others.
  • Participate in break-out session and panel discussion.
  • Play a part in the process of developing a set of common ‘rules of the road’ for solar energy facilities in North Carolina.
  • Hear from experienced individuals who own land and knowledgeable professionals from an array of backgrounds.


Attendee Profile
  • Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Officials and Staff
  • Clean Energy Business Owners and Employees
  • Planning Agencies, Energy Advisors and Consultants
  • Clean Energy Architects, Engineers and Construction Representatives
  • Community College and University Researchers
  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Customers
  • Clean Energy Technology Adopters, Site Owners and Managers
  • Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Clean Energy System Integrators
  • Start-up Entrepreneurs


For Sponsorship Information, contact

For General Information on Public Fora or the Drafting of the Template Solar Ordinance, contact:

Tommy Cleveland, PE
Solar Energy Engineer
North Carolina Solar Center
N.C. State University
919.515.9432 (office)


Michael Fucci

Policy and Market Analyst

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

302.584.4152 (cell)

Emergency Preparedness Meets Alternative Fuels in First Responder Training

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by shannon No Comments


The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University hosted a two-day training workshop for area first responders as part of the Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative.  The workshop was held September 17th and 18th on the N.C. State University campus.  The objective was to give area emergency response personnel the opportunity to familiarize themselves with, understand the potential hazards unique to, and learn some of the specialized emergency procedures associated with the growing number of alternative fuel vehicles and stations that they may encounter throughout the area. Attendance each day exceeded 50 participants with emergency response personnel coming from as far away as the Piedmont Triad area and the North Carolina coast. In attendance was Robert Shuler Engineering Liaison for the N.C. Department of Insurance and State Fire Marshalls office who noted, “The information presented was excellent.  A lot of the facts were clearly presented and myths dispelled.”

Led by Rich Cregar, an instructor and vehicle technician with over 25 years of  alternative fuels experience,  the workshop was a combination of classroom and hands-on learning with a static vehicle review each day that included propane, natural gas, biodiesel, electric hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid, hydraulic hybrid and electric vehicles. Additional support was provided by Wilson and Nash Community College Fire and Emergency Programs instructors. Both the classroom and vehicle review portions were filmed for future use. “ We intend to work with the State Fire Marshall’s office and N.C. State’s Distance Education Learning Technologies program to package the two-day training  in modular sections  to be posted online, so that emergency personnel can benefit from the training from their desk,”  said Rick Sapienza, workshop lead for the N.C. Solar Center.

The Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, deployed more than 500 alternative fuel vehicles and commissioned more than 140 alternative fueling sites throughout North and South Carolina. The N.C. Solar Center was a principle partner to the project lead by the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition at Triangle J Council of Governments.


About the North Carolina Solar Center:

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information visit:  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter


Media Contact:

Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340,