The 50 States of Grid Modernization Q2 2021: States Explore Market Reforms and Mechanisms to Accelerate Storage and Microgrid Development

Raleigh, NC – (July 28, 2021) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q2 2021 edition of The 50 States of Grid Modernization. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reforms, energy storage, microgrids, and demand response. The report […]

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Waste Heat to Power Investment Tax Credit Creates Opportunities for Renewable Energy in the Industrial Sector

At the end of last year, the United States congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) included in this act includes a 26% ITC for “Waste Energy Recovery Property”.  North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center’s (NCCETC) Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency explains, “Qualified waste energy […]

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Studying the Symbiotic Relationship Between Solar Energy & Storage

Solar energy generation coupled with solar storage could change how our electrical grid uses renewable energy. Just last month, two studies were published exploring the potential solar-plus-storage has for both large-scale utilities and community-scale solar at local electric cooperatives. The NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) partnered with Cliburn and Associates, LLC on the Solar-Plus […]

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CARES Act Funding for Community Solar Access

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) is working on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to distribute funds from the federal CARES Act in order to provide community solar subscriptions to lower-income utility customers at four North Carolina municipal and cooperative utilities. This program, called Community Solar Access for Low […]

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The 50 States of Solar: States Consider Time-Varying Rates and Battery Storage in Net Metering Tariff Design in Q2 2021

Raleigh, NC – (July 21, 2021) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q2 2021 edition of The 50 States of Solar. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on distributed solar policy, with a focus on net metering, distributed solar valuation, community solar, residential fixed charges, […]

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Planning an Affordable, Resilient and Sustainable Grid in North Carolina

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) has partnered with New Hanover County (NHC) to conduct resiliency analyses of local facilities as part of the two-year project “Planning an Affordable, Resilient, and Sustainable Grid in North Carolina” (PARSG).  PARSG is a joint project by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production […]

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NCCETC’s Clean Transportation Program Advances Technologies and Public Education

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)’s Clean Transportation program propels the development, awareness and use of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. Our clean transportation program’s outreach and education initiatives include workshops, meetings, conferences and communication campaigns highlighting the benefits of using clean transportation technologies- from alternative fuel to sustainable fleet management. Currently, the […]

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Creating Solar-Plus-Storage Solutions for Local Cooperatives: Solar-Plus for Electric Co-ops Project Concludes

Last year, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) partnered with Cliburn and Associates, LLC on the Solar-Plus for Electric Co-ops (SPECs) project to help optimize the procurement and operations of battery storage projects at local electric cooperatives.  The SPECs project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) second round of the Solar […]

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Department of Energy Releases New Tool Tracking Microgrid Installations in the United States

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the release of a new, interactive tool tracking microgrids installed throughout the United States. A microgrid is a local grid with an independent source of energy capable of disconnecting or “islanding” from the utility grid. Microgrids improve resilience by allowing critical facilities to continue operating in […]

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2021 “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest Winners Share Their Story

In the fourth year of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)’s “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest, students in North Carolina from kindergarten through high school submitted their artwork for a chance to be featured on billboards across the state. Students were asked to create art focused on actions that people can […]

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