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What the Duke Energy project means for Strata Solar and N.C.

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by shannonhelm

The $500 million, 550-acre, 850,000 solar panel project announced by Duke Energy on Monday will be the biggest solar project in North Carolina – and east of the Mississippi River – but it means more for economic development than for Strata Solar, or the market itself.

John Morrison, vice president of marketing and sales for Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar says it doesn’t change the scale of projects the company will proceed with.
“It’s certainly much, much bigger than what we’ve done historically,” he says. “But we’ll continue in the same vein we’ve been in. We’ll continue to build the sort of solar we’ve been doing here in North Carolina.”
While that means bringing a new solar farm online every 10 days, they tend to be in the range of 5-8 megawatts, powering around 600 homes. The Duke Energy farm will consist of 80 megawatts, enough to power 10,000 homes over the course of a year.

Morrison says it’s mostly about the economic development, creating 300-500 jobs in areas of the state that are rural and where jobs are hard to come by. And while careers are being built, the project won’t elevate North Carolina’s ranking among the top solar states in the nation.

“There are lots of states and regions that recognize the economic development benefit that comes from solar,” says Morrison. “There are other states and regions watching the state, like Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia. I’m sure they’d like to see similar investments. This growth in the state has been in the past three years. Strata Solar is approaching $2 billion in solar investments in North Carolina. I mean, four years ago, nobody would have dreamed that would be possible. But this project won’t change our ranking among other states. It will help us hold our own as solar continues to become cheaper.”

 

Triangle Business Journal

Duke Energy commits $500 million to N.C. solar power expansion

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by shannonhelm

Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) is making a $500 million commitment to a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina.

The company will acquire and construct three solar facilities — totaling 128 megawatts of capacity — including the largest solar photovoltaic facility east of the Mississippi River. The three facilities will be in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties.

Duke also signed power-purchase agreements for five new solar projects in the state, representing 150 megawatts of capacity.

Together, the eight projects will have a capacity of 278 megawatts. The $500 million commitment includes the investment in the three facilities and the value of the five long-term power-purchase contracts.

“This is Duke Energy’s largest single announcement for solar power and represents a 60 percent increase in the amount of solar power for our North Carolina customers,” Rob Caldwell, senior vice president, Distributed Energy Resources, said in a statement Monday morning. “We are bringing large amounts of renewable energy onto our system in the most cost-effective way possible.”

The solar commitments are the result of Charlotte-based Duke’s request for proposals issued in February for new solar capacity. The company says the initiative will help further its commitment to renewable energy, diversify its energy portfolio and meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.

Duke Energy will own the following projects:

  • 65-megawatt Warsaw Solar Facility developed by Strata Solar in Duplin County.
  • 40-megawatt Elm City Solar Facility developed by HelioSage Energy in Wilson County.
  • 23-megawatt Fayetteville Solar Facility developed by Tangent Energy Solutions in Bladen County.

The Warsaw Solar Facility will be the largest solar photovoltaic plant east of the Mississippi River.

“We are very excited to be working with Duke Energy on this tremendous solar project,” said Markus Wilhelm, chief executive officer of Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar. “Three years ago, we celebrated with Duke Energy at the completion of our first 5-megawatt solar farm in Cleveland County — and Strata recently passed the 325-megawatt mark with more than 65 farms generating power in the Southeast. We take a lot of pride in our work, and we are thrilled to be announcing this partnership between Strata Solar and Duke Energy on what will be the largest solar farm on the East Coast.”

Duke Energy will purchase power from these new projects:

  • Innovative Solar Systems’ 48-megawatt plant in Bladen County.
  • FLS Energy’s 48-megawatt plant in Richmond County.
  • Birdseye Renewable Energy’s 20-megawatt plant in Scotland County.
  • Birdseye Renewable Energy’s 19-megawatt plant in Cleveland County.
  • Element Power US’s 15-megawatt plant in Beaufort County.

In addition to those five power-purchase agreements, Duke Energy has signed 33 other agreements in North Carolina in 2014 for projects totaling 109 megawatts of capacity.

Duke’s RFP targeted solar facilities greater than 5 megawatts. The RFP was limited to projects that were in the company’s current transmission and distribution queue.

“We were able to pursue the most promising projects in North Carolina,” Caldwell said. “These will be among the largest solar projects in the state, allowing us to take advantage of greater size and scale.”

For projects Duke will own, the company must obtain approval from the N.C. Utilities Commission.

Duke will then take ownership of the facilities and be responsible for building and having them in operation by the end of 2015. No utilities commission approval is needed for the company’s power-purchase agreements.

 

Charlotte Business Journal

Universities in DC make deal with Duke Energy to buy solar power

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by shannonhelm

 

WASHINGTON — Two universities in the nation’s capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.

George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital announced the 20-year agreement with Duke Energy Renewables to reduce their carbon footprints by directly tapping solar energy.

The Capital Partners Solar Project will break ground this summer near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Once fully operational in 2015 with 243,000 solar panels, the three solar farms are expected to generate 123 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Planners said that translates to eliminating about 60,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year or taking 12,500 cars off the road.

The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, said this is the nation’s largest nonutility solar power purchase. It will also create the largest photovoltaic solar power operation east of the Mississippi River.

“We’ll be directly sourcing our electricity from three solar energy sites,” said George Washington University President Steven Knapp. “We’re not just buying certificates for renewable energy. We’re actually directly sourcing from renewable energy. The impact of that is pretty huge.”

Solar power generated in North Carolina will move into the Washington region’s electrical grid for the universities. An equivalent amount of conventional electricity will be withdrawn from the same electric grid.

The 20-year deal provides fixed pricing for solar energy at a lower price than the schools currently pay for power, thanks in part to its large scale. Over the full 20-year term, university officials are hoping the shift to solar could yield millions of dollars in savings as the cost of conventional power is expected to rise.

George Washington University spent about $13 million last year on electricity, and American University spends about $5 million.

Both universities have been looking for renewable energy sources for several years. At one time, American University considered buying a wind farm. But the deal with Duke Energy Renewables won’t require up-front capital costs for either school. It resulted from a competitive bidding process that included about 28 companies representing both wind and solar power, Knapp said.

American University President Neil Kerwin said the school is pursuing an aggressive goal to become carbon-neutral by the year 2020.

“We felt an institution our size in partnership with one the size of GW could send a pretty strong message about both the feasibility and the wisdom of both the partnership and the move toward renewable sources of energy,” Kerwin said.

Alex Perera, a renewable energy expert at the World Resources Institute, said the university partnership for a large-scale solar-power purchase could provide a model for other schools or large institutions to buy renewable energy directly.

“These kinds of long-term contracts from good-credit buyers can really be helpful to renewable energy developers in helping them get the financing they need to get projects built,” he said. “It also allows buyers to get more value out of renewable energy.”

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

N.C. Solar Center Releases Residential Customer Guides to Going Solar

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

Raleigh, N.C. – As part of its work under the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the N.C. Solar Center today announces the release of two new original resources: A Residential Customer’s Guide to Going Solar: Duke Energy Carolinas version and A Residential Customer’s Guide to Going Solar: Duke Energy Progress version.

North Carolina was ranked second in the nation for installed solar capacity in 2013, installing 400 MW of new capacity and climbing up three places from 2012 (according to the NPD Solarbuzz North American PV Markets Quarterly report). Most of this capacity in North Carolina comes from utility-scale solar installations, which highlights an opportunity to advance solar even more in the state by focusing on rooftop installations. These guides will support this effort by educating customers about solar and clarifying many of the misconceptions about the cost of going solar.

The guides focus on explaining, in easy to understand terms, the different financial options available to homeowners interested in going solar. These are broken up into incentives that reduce the upfront cost of going solar, such as tax credits and Duke Energy Progress’ SunSense program, and payback options that credit you for the energy produced by your solar photovoltaic (PV) system, like net metering and N.C. GreenPower.

In addition to a description of these options, the guides include a detailed analysis of the monthly and long-term utility bill savings that each option provides to the typical homeowner, using data specific to North Carolina cities. This allows customers to get an idea of how much a solar system costs in their particular region after all available incentives are factored in, as well as what kind of utility bill savings a typical PV owner in their area sees.

Overall, the guides show that with an average-sized residential system at typical market prices, customers of Duke Energy in North Carolina can save up to an average of $55/ month for the next 25 years on their utility bill with a system that can cost as little as $4,000, after incentives.

Versions of the guides can be viewed here: Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress. For more information about the Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, please visit www.solaroutreach.org.

 

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 about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

New Guidance on Permitting Provides Boon for Local Governments, Solar Developers

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

 

Template solar ordinance offers adaptable roadmap for solar energy development with a local twist

RALEIGH – The NC Solar Center (NCSC) and the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) released a Template Solar Energy Development Ordinance that addresses some of the most common considerations that arise in the permitting of solar energy facilities. It is intended to offer a path that could facilitate solar project development for companies and landowners while simultaneously creating a framework for local governments to ensure the safeguarding of local values and interests.

The template ordinance represents months of collaboration among multiple stakeholders including solar industry representatives, state government agencies, local planning communities, legal experts, and other non-profit groups. However, the project stopped deliberately short of proposing the resulting template ordinance as a prescriptive approach, suggesting its value instead as an expert guide.

“The template is a unique tool for local governments that are researching how best to design their own solar ordinance and need a model that is tailored to the state,” said Michael Fucci, Regulatory and Market Analyst for NCSEA. “It is also a ‘win’ for companies that can now rely on the template in jurisdictions where a lack of understanding of how to regulate solar development may otherwise have posed a significant barrier to entry.”

Throughout the drafting process NCSEA and NCSC provided drafts of the template to numerous jurisdictions eager to take advantage of the resource. County officials have already used the template ordinance to help them better prepare to manage commercial solar development responsibly while still maintaining the support of solar developers. In 2013 North Carolina installed more solar than 47 other states, and even more solar is expected to be installed in the state in 2014.

“Due to this solar boom, local governments across NC have significant interest in better understanding solar energy,” said Tommy Cleveland, Renewable Energy Project Coordinator at NCSC. “Now that the template ordinance is published we expect to see even greater interest and are well prepared to offer support to interested jurisdictions.”

The Template Solar Ordinance and a historical report detailing key decision points are available on the NCSEA and NCSC sites.

 

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: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

About the NC Sustainable Energy Association:

Founded in 1978, the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, government and non-profits working to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development. Learn more at www.energync.org

 

Contact: 

Shannon Helm, NC Solar Center, Shannon_Helm@ncsu.edu, 919-423-8340

Lowell Sachs, NCSEA,  lowell@energync.org, 919-832-7601 Ext.117

 

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Template Ordinance for Solar Energy Development in North Carolina

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCSC) and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) managed the development of this template ordinance and the organization of the drafting working group. The working group consisted of representatives of the solar industry, local NC planners, State Farm Bureau, N.C. Department of Agriculture, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), N.C. Association of County Commissioners, N.C. League of Municipalities, military, University of North Carolina School of Government, NC Conservation Network, Duke Energy Progress, North Carolina State University Forestry, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and many others. The initial draft was developed by NCSC and NCSEA in May 2013 based on a study of current North Carolina solar ordinances and available state model ordinances. Throughout the summer and fall the working group, often in the form of smaller topic-specific focus groups, worked to improve and update the existing drafts. Additionally NCSC and NCSEA hosted five public forums across the state on the development of the template ordinance. This process led to the template ordinance provided below:

 

Template Ordinance for Solar Energy Development in North Carolina

Click here for the solar ordinance template (includes executive summary, introduction, 30 stakeholders available for contact, sources of support for local governments, the template ordinance, and appendices of supporting information). The template is also available in Word .doc format without introduction and contact information for editing by local governments.

 

Letter to Membership

Letter to membership of North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, North Carolina League of Municipalities, and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association and communities across North Carolina

 

Report on The Development of the North Carolina Template Solar Ordinance

Click here for a summary of the process of developing the ordinance and the history of changes in each section of the template.

 

UNC Student Paper on Solar Ordinance

UNC Student research paper entitled Identifying and Confronting Challenges Associated with Solar Ordinance Implementation by UNC Template Solar Ordinance Implementation Study Team.

 

Click here to read the press release announcing the ordinance.

 

N.C. Solar Center Receives SRCC Approval as Solar Thermal Collector Test Lab

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by shannon No Comments
Becomes the fifth lab in the United States

 

Raleigh, N.C. – The Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) approved the N.C. Solar Center Test Lab to perform testing of solar thermal collectors (aka solar hot water panels) for SRCC OG-100 certification, making it just the fifth such lab in the United States. This collector certification is the market standard and is required for a residential solar hot water system to be eligible to receive the federal 30 percent renewable energy tax credit. Recently, the test lab also received ISO 17025 accreditation from A2LA, which is a quality standard for testing laboratories (similar to ISO 9000, but for testing and calibration laboratories). The accredited testing includes a series of quality and performance tests, such as a pressure test, an impact test and an efficiency test. The lab is now accepting requests from manufacturers for this accredited testing.

In addition to the accredited testing of flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal collectors, the lab also offers a wide range of custom testing of solar thermal, as well as photovoltaic technologies. Such testing is useful to firms developing new technologies that need trusted independent performance data, or large solar purchasers looking to validate the performance and quality of a product they are considering purchasing. The lab’s capabilities range from low temperature solar air heating panels, to high temperature concentrating solar, and to field performance of photovoltaic modules and inverters. N.C. Solar Center engineers perform the testing; however the lab does offer N.C. State students opportunities to support testing and the development of new testing capabilities, such as a current mechanical engineering graduate student working to develop solar tank and heat exchanger test systems.

The N.C. Solar Center is within the College of Engineering at N.C. State University, and has performed solar product testing since the 1990’s; however this is the first time it has applied for ISO 17025 accreditation or SRCC approval. The motivation to become accredited, which required a major laboratory overhaul, came from a significant testing backlog that occurred due to expanded federal tax credits for solar, and the ensuing influx of new collectors in the U.S. market that needed testing and certification to be eligible for the tax credits. That backlog has since dissipated, but the need for testing of solar thermal collectors to verify performance and quality remains. A Green Business Fund grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce made the development of the lab possible, but required additional investment from the Center to complete the lab upgrades.

The N.C. Solar Center Test lab may be reached at solarcentertestlab@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0418. More information is available at go.ncsu.edu/solartesting.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Industry Experts, Local Officials Conclude Input on Guidance for Solar Projects

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

Final Working Group meeting clears the path for production of a template solar ordinance

 

RALEIGH – The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and the NC Solar Center hosted a final working group meeting on October 28, 2013 that was part of a months-long process to guide the creation of a template ordinance for solar energy projects. The template ordinance addresses some of the most common considerations that arise in the permitting of solar energy facilities. It is intended to offer a path that could facilitate solar project development for companies and landowners while simultaneously creating a framework for local governments to ensure the safeguarding of local values and interests.

At the final working group meeting solar industry representatives, legal experts, developers, local and state government officials and other stakeholders sought ways to address and incorporate the latest comments received on the template ordinance draft. Some of those comments came out of the fifth and final regional public forum that NCSEA and the Solar Center held in Charlotte, NC on October 18, 2013 to spur discussion on the topic and solicit feedback on the current draft. Through the public forums and the working group sessions, NCSEA and the Solar Center encouraged participants to identify and put forward information on solar project permitting and development that can serve as useful guidance for parties dealing with these issues, but they stopped short of proposing that the resulting template ordinance be taken as a prescriptive approach.

“The template is solely a guideline for local governments that wish to design a solar ordinance and need a model that is uniquely relevant to the state,” said Michael Fucci, Regulatory and Market Analyst for NCSEA. “The industry is assisted because companies could rely on the template in jurisdictions where a lack of understanding of how to regulate solar development could otherwise create a significant barrier to entry.

“Even before the draft template has been completed we have already seen demand for it from cities and counties developing their own solar ordinances,” noted Tommy Cleveland, Renewable Energy Project Coordinator for the NC Solar Center. “This is an early indication of the demand for a model ordinance. We hope and expect that there will be significant use of this first-of-its kind template in NC, and perhaps also in surrounding states, once the final version is published.”

The final version is expected to be published before the end of the year.

 

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: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

About the NC Sustainable Energy Association:
Founded in 1978, the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, government and non-profits working to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development. Learn more at www.energync.org

 

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For Immediate Release – October 29, 2013
Contact: Lowell Sachs, lowell@energync.org, 919-832-7601 Ext.117
Shannon Helm, Shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, 919-423-8340

A North Carolina Template Solar Ordinance Being Developed by NC Stakeholders

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

In July, 2008 the North Carolina Wind Working Group, a coalition of state government, non-profit and wind industry organizations, published a model wind ordinance for NC to provide guidance for communities planning for potential wind energy development.  Seven years later a similar group is working on a model (or template) ordinance for solar.  Solar systems are nothing new in the state, but the size and number of systems being installed recently is something quite new. Today in communities across North Carolina there are small and large solar energy systems being installed every month, or even every day. Some cities and counties across the state have solar specific ordinances defining how and where solar systems may be developed and permitted in the jurisdiction, but many other locations do not,  which can make it unclear how, and even if, a solar system may be installed in that jurisdiction. A template ordinance provides a consensus starting point for any city or county in the state looking to establish or update a solar ordinance. Having a model ordinance reduces the burden on the local staff to research and draft new ordinance language, and encourages a degree of consistency across the state.

The NC Solar Center and the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) partnered this spring to help develop this important template ordinance and have made good progress through the summer.  So far, regional forums have been held in Raleigh, Greensboro and Asheville to inform people know about the process and collect input on what stakeholders would like to have included in the template. There are two additional forums planned, in Lumberton on Sept. 24, and in Charlotte on Oct. 18. Each of these events will be a way for interested parties to learn about solar development in North Carolina, and provide input on the current draft of the template.

A very broad range of stakeholders are active in two working groups (solar industry and everyone else) who have been drafting the ordinance this summer. Their members include solar developers/installers, city and county planners and zoning administrators, state agencies, environmental organizations, military, city/county organizations, forestry organizations, agriculture organizations, and others. Each working group has met twice, each time editing the latest version of the ordinance. This process has produced a current draft generally agreeable to both groups.

We are now moving to the next phase of drafting, which will occur in three focus groups each made up of members of the two working groups.  These smaller groups will dive deeper into the details of three core components of the ordinance; aesthetic related topics, abandonment/decommissioning, and permitting. Following the initial meetings of the focus groups, the two existing working groups will combine to form the N.C. Template Solar Ordinance Working Group. Using all the input collected, this group will finalize the drafting of the template ordinance this fall.

The final template ordinance will be completed in October and available at the NCSEA Making Energy Work conference November 5-6 at the Raleigh Convention Center.  This document will represent the consensus of a broad range of stakeholders with interest in solar development and its impacts in North Carolina, and thus be a very valuable starting point for local solar ordinances from Murphy to Manteo.

Contact Tommy Cleveland, Renewable Energy Project Coordinator at Tommy_Cleveland@ncsu.edu or 919-515-9432   or Miriam Makhyoun, Manager of Market Intelligence, NC Sustainable Energy Association at Miriam@energync.org or (919)-832-7601 x114 for more information.

Development of a template solar ordinance for North Carolina

Posted on: June 20th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center in collaboration with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is bringing together stakeholders to help develop a template solar ordinance for North Carolina. Ground mounted solar systems, often referred to as “solar farms”, are being installed with increasing regularity across the state, however the majority of jurisdictions do not have a development ordinance that explicitly covers such solar systems, thereby creating uncertainty about the permitting process. The eventual product of this effort will be the Southeast’s first-of-its-kind guide for harmonizing the elements included in the permitting of solar energy facilities, offering a path that could facilitate solar project development for companies and landowners while simultaneously creating a framework for the inclusion of local values and interests.  To assist with creating this template ordinance, both the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center and NCSEA are hosting several forums to discuss current stakeholder issues.  There are several ways to become engaged in the template development process: attend local public forums, provide input online, and join the stakeholder working group.

The kick-off forum was held on May 31st at the N.C. Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center, where state and local officials, local landowners, legal experts, and clean energy business representatives shared views and offered insights regarding solar development.   “The Solar Development and Siting forums bring together a wide cross section of stakeholders to discuss the issues and challenges facing solar projects, with the goal of developing a template solar ordinance for North Carolina that can be adapted and adopted by counties and municipalities across the state”, said Tommy Cleveland, Solar Engineer with the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center.

Subsequent meetings are planned for Greensboro (June 27), Asheville (August 8), Lumberton (August 20th), and a final forum to be held in Charlotte in late October. Each event is a chance to engage in discussions about solar development in North Carolina. In addition to hearing from stakeholders at these forums, stakeholders will be able to make suggestions for the ordinance, as well as vote and comment on the suggestions of other stakeholders. This opportunity for open stakeholder engagement is available through early August. The input from this online tool will inform the stakeholder working group, made up of key stakeholders representing the interests of landowners, county and city planners, solar industry, agriculture, and many others.

For more information about the forums, participation in the stakeholder working group, or the development of the template solar ordinance for North Carolina please contact.

 

Tommy Cleveland at 919.515.9432, Tommy_Cleveland@ncsu.edu.

 

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Miriam Makhyoun, NCSEA, 919.832.7601×114, Miriam@energync.org.