Community News

Here comes the sun

  SANFORD — Amidst talk of Duke Energy relocating coal ash to Sanford, causing significant environmental concern among residents, two […]

Big Tech May Determine Fate Of Renewable Energy In NC

  Google, Facebook and other tech companies want more of the electricity they buy from Duke Energy to come from […]

Obama pushes energy efficiency, rural solar power

  The Obama administration unveiled a slew of actions Thursday aimed at improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of […]

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

The $500 million, 550-acre, 850,000 solar panel project announced by Duke Energy on Monday will be the biggest solar project […]

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

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

Buoyed By Business Deals, Solar Dominates New U.S. Cleantech Jobs

  A new report from the nonprofit business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that more than 12,500 clean energy and […]

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

  WASHINGTON — Two universities in the nation’s capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than […]

Rowan’s future in solar farms looks sunny

  The hottest new harvest in Rowan County may not come from a fruit, vegetable or grain but from the […]

Going green: Green energy equals cash, jobs for Cleveland County

Cleveland County is turning green. Solar farms are cropping up across the county from Waco to Kings Mountain. Shelby solar […]

Apex, NC to get first electric car-charging station

  As of May 2nd, downtown Apex will have its first public car-charging station. There will be three charging spaces […]

Durham school’s solar project draws attention from politicos

  Can hanging out with local fourth graders inspired by solar power change the way Washington addresses the energy sector? […]

Solar-powered Sandy Grove Middle School singled out as ‘Best of the Best’ in current issue of Engineering News & Record

  LUMBER BRIDGE – Solar-powered Sandy Grove Middle School was the best K-12 education project built in the United States […]

‘Solarize Carborro’: Moving Forward in 2014

  CARRBORO -An initiative to install at least 50 solar panels on the rooftops of Carrboro homes is moving forward […]

Study: N.C. solar jobs more than doubled in 2013

  Employment in North Carolina’s solar power industry jumped 121 percent in 2013, putting the state in the top 10 […]

Employment jumps, revenue flat for N.C. clean-energy companies

  Employment in North Carolina’s clean-energy companies grew 20 percent in 2013 even though the number of companies leveled off […]

Chapel Hill considers solar projects on city property

  The Chapel Hill town council has given the green light to talks about building more solar facilities on town […]

NC GreenPower Celebrates 10 Years Of Increasing Access To Renewable Energy

  Renewable energy generators have channeled hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours into the North Carolina power grid. That’s since […]

ABB funding new smart grid exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum

  The Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh has taken on the challenge of creating a smart grid for kids – the […]

Raleigh to convert more police cars to propane

  RALEIGH — The city will more than double the number of police vehicles that run on propane, after a […]

Commercial PACE: Program Development and Implementation webinar August 14

  ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, in collaboration with The Solar Foundation, will present a free webinar on “Commercial PACE: Program […]

Johnston County now turning landfill gas into electricity

  SMITHFIELD — Johnston County is now using trash to power 1,500 homes, a move county officials say helps both […]

35-Acre Solar Farm Under Construction In Orange County, NC

  A new six megawatt solar farm is under construction the Orange County community of White Cross. When it’s completed, […]

New tool compares fuel costs for electric & non-electric cars

  A new tool on the US Department of Energy’s website allows users in each state to compare the price […]

U.S. Solar Market Insight Q1 2013

  The latest Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Solar Market Insight™ report for Q1 2013 details a total of 8.5 gigawatts of solar […]

Ikea Charlotte plugs in solar system

  Ikea Charlotte has completed installation and “plugged in” the 1.1-megawatt solar-energy system atop its store in the University area, according […]

Watauga County’s gas-to-energy landfill project wins EPA award

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Watauga County’s Landfill Gas-To-Energy Project for excellence in innovation and for achieving […]

Verizon to spend $100M on solar panels, fuel cells for facilities

Verizon is making its largest commitment to clean power to date with a planned $100 million investment into installing solar […]

Geothermal energy’s environmental & health benefits worth $117M annually

  The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has released an Air Emissions Comparison and Externality Analysis showing geothermal energy provides significant […]

Natural gas becomes a fuel for the long haul

  Truckers, UPS join the lot choosing cleaner, cheaper path   The natural gas boom has already upended the American […]

In Rockingham County, the sun is a crop

  PELHAM — The first thing that gets your attention is the blue — row after row of polycrystalline panels sitting […]

Sustainable energy investments total $785M in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sustainable energy projects across 45 of North Carolina’s 100 counties totaled more than $785 million between 2007-2012, […]

N.C. A&T wins ACC Clean Energy Challenge

  RALEIGH, N.C. — Three North Carolina universities made this Final Four and in the end, North Carolina A&T emerged […]

U.S. Solar Market Grows 76%: An Increasingly Competitive Energy Source

  GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) have released the “U.S. Solar Market Insight: Year-in-Review 2012,” the […]

Sustainable energy conference comes as state looks at overhauling law

Just a few years ago North Carolina’s Sustainable Energy Conference events focused on the moonshot dream of developing state policies […]

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Launches Smart Transportation Industry Focus

  Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Research Triangle Region economic developers and companies have officially entered the race to make the […]

NC Taskforce Prepares Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

A new readiness plan aims to help the state of North Carolina prepare for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles […]

Solar Farm Could Aid MegaPark

Two solar farms planned for Montgomery County could provide power to the Heart of North Carolina MegaPark, a major business […]

Harnett County farmer uses hog waste to create renewable energy

  One Harnett County farmer is investing in a new energy source — hog waste. Farmer Tom Butler of Butler […]

O2 Energies building larger solar projects

  O2 Energies President Joel Olsen says his company will start construction in April on its largest project to date, a 6.3-megawatt, […]

Chapel Hill’s Strata Solar to build 100-MW farm in Duplin County

Chapel Hill’s Strata Solar said on Monday that it is finalizing plans for a 100-megawatt, $250 million project in Duplin […]

Italian solar company puts U.S. operations in Charlotte

Siser President Guido Barbi (left) and Vice President Filippo Merlo say Italian investors are interested in getting into the U.S. […]

GEENEX Announces Solar Projects in North Carolina

  A new solar power research center coming to a location formerly occupied by an airport will provide a workforce […]

NC proves Southeastern powerhouse for solar

  SNL Energy published a graph Wednesday that illustrates North Carolina’s opportunity in the solar industry — and what could […]

Time for private purchases of renewable power

  Five years ago, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to set a renewable energy and efficiency […]

Fuquay-Varina company goes solar

  The Bob Barker Co. is going green in a big way. The detention center supply company has transformed a […]

If you’re in Cary, you may be solar powered

  CARY — The long rows of solar panels in southern Cary can power 200 homes, but they had an […]

Going green – solar farms, crops – at Robeson Community College

LUMBERTON, N.C. — Farming has changed considerably over the last several decades. More and more, farmers are looking to non-traditional […]

Semprius to power $2.3M Pentagon solar project

  DURHAM, N.C. — Solar technology startup Semprius will be putting photovoltaic modules produced at its new factory in Henderson as part […]

Duke Energy to test new uses for old EV batteries

  Duke Energy, partnering with General Motors and power technology company ABB, will test whether used electric-vehicle batteries can find […]

Solar Energy Providing Jobs in Eastern N.C.

BATH — Solar energy production has become a hot industry in Eastern North Carolina, pumping revenue and jobs into some […]

Some farmers growing profit with new row crop: solar panels

  ROWLAND, N.C —  Just off a country road is a sight few people ever imagined in this corner of […]

U.S. Solar Energy Jobs Increase by More Than 13 Percent

The Solar Foundation’s Latest Annual Jobs Census Shows Consistent Industry Growth, Notes SEIA   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy […]

Asheville part of Clean Cities for alternative fuel

BENT CREEK — It used to be fuel in Western North Carolina came in two basic flavors — regular and premium petroleum. Now […]

Massive solar project proposed in Asheville, N.C.

  RIDGECREST — The Ridgecrest Conference Center could become home to one of the state’s largest investments in solar power, featuring potentially 90,500 […]

America Votes Solar – National Solar Survey 2012

During early September, Hart Research undertook an online national survey of 1,206 registered voters on behalf of the Solar Energy […]

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Week

  Monday, October 1 – Saturday, October 6, 2012 The Triangle Region will host Triangle Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Awareness […]

Solar firm Semprius opens Henderson plant Sept. 26

DURHAM, N.C. — Solar technology startup Semprius will opened its production plant in Henderson on Sept. 26. Semprius is based in Durham […]

President Obama Signs Executive Order Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency

For Immediate Release August 30, 2012     WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order to facilitate investments in […]

Solar panels sales energized by lower prices, rebates

A combination of federal and state tax credits, plummeting equipment prices and an environmentally savvy population has led to a […]

SEIA’s Major Solar Projects List

This list is for informational purposes only, reflecting projects and completed milestones in the public domain. The information in this […]

Five Key Takeaways from the U.S. Solar Market Trends Report

1.  Photovoltaic markets are growing quickly Last year was another banner year for solar, with large increases in both the […]

Solar company to create more than 300 jobs in NC

SHELBY, N.C. — A designer and manufacturer of solar power mounting systems plans will set up its U.S. headquarters in […]

The Secret to Solar Power

Most mornings, Danny Kennedy hops on a bike with orange saddlebags and rides half an hour from his home to […]

N.C. Energy Office Wins Grant for Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects

Program Will Benefit Rural Schools, Community Colleges and Local Governments RALEIGH – The North Carolina Energy Office has received a […]

Asheville goes greener with natural gas vehicles

ASHEVILLE — Aiming to become the greenest city in the Southeast, Asheville boosted the number of vehicles in the municipal fleet […]

Grand Opening for the City of Greensboro’s first Compressed Natural Gas fueling station

  What:   The City of Greensboro is hosting a Grand Opening for its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station […]

Dorcas Creates Energy & Cash with Rooftop Solar Farm

Cary, NC – Dorcas Ministries in Cary has a new solar rooftop. It generates energy, cash and claims to be the […]

Let’s be Friends!

The Friends of the N.C. Solar Center is a campaign to support the N.C. Solar Center’s mission of advancing clean energy […]

$7M solar farm planned in Sanford

A Pennsylvania developer aims to build a $7 million solar farm in Sanford, according to documents it filed with the […]

Apple, SunEnergy1 solar projects get N.C. approval

N.C. regulators have cleared two major solar projects for construction this week — Apple Inc.’s    proposed 20-megawatt project at its Catawba County […]

Site Selection Ranks North Carolina 5th Most Competitive State for Business

  An outstanding business climate supports companies locating and expanding in N.C. North Carolina was once again among Site Selection’s […]

Diesel Technologies Drastically Cut Emissions in Real-World Conditions

Matt Shipman | News Services | 919.515.6386 Dr. Chris Frey | 919.515.1155 New research from North Carolina State University shows […]

NC Voters Embrace Energy Efficiency Solutions

2012 Energy Issues Public Opinion Poll A 2012 energy issues poll found a vast majority of North Carolina voters are […]

WRAL now making power in Garner

GARNER, N.C. — WRAL-TV is now an electricity producer. Parent company Capitol Broadcasting Company installed a 1-megawatt solar farm at the […]

Majority of North Carolinians want greater access to clean energy sources

  Poll respondents seek more energy options amid rising fuel prices and stagnant incomes   RALEIGH, NC, For North Carolinians […]

New Bern solar project harnesses the sun’s energy from warehouse rooftop

  ESA Renewables completes 1.26-megawatt solar power plant, Eastern North Carolina’s largest   New Bern, N.C. (April 5, 2012) – […]

Apple plans nation’s biggest private fuel cell energy project at N.C. data center

North Carolina will be home to the nation’s largest private fuel cell energy project, a nonpolluting, silent power plant that […]

Wilmington, NC to add new electric charging stations

WILMINGTON — City of Wilmington officials are continuing efforts to turn the Port City green. Soon the first level of […]

Research Triangle: The New Silicon Valley of the Smart Grid?

We explore the 60-plus smart grid players and cutting-edge test labs and pilot projects of North Carolina’s Research Triangle. ————————– […]

President announces new initiatives to support advanced vehicles

The President is announcing a new $1 billion National Community Deployment Challenge to catalyze up to 10 to 15 model […]

R. James Woolsey on Energy – March 15, 1-2:20p NCSU Centennial campus

The Triangle Institute for Security Studies and North Carolina State University Energy and Security Initiative is delighted to invite you […]

Lightning-smart lab shows grid of the future

Walk into this Smart Grid laboratory, and you’ll enter into an indoor forest of sturdy utility poles, all mounted with […]

Study Finds Decline in Solar Costs

Solar power has the potential to hedge rising electricity costs, according to a study by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy […]

Chapel Hill company plans 15 solar farms this year

By Ted Richardson Johnny Evans, right, and Dan Shields install solar panels at a solar farm being built by Strata […]

Apple Plans 20MW of Solar Power for iDataCenter in N.C.

Apple has revealed new details about the operations of its huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina, including plans to […]

Nonprofit to host solar panel system

Investor to rent roof space at Dorcas Ministries. BY ANDREW KENNEY, CARY – Dorcas Ministries’ new home came with […]

Chapel Hill solar farm proposed

A Chapel Hill green energy developer has chosen its home base to build one of the state’s largest solar energy […]

Biogen Idec Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in RTP

Move underscores commitment to environmental sustainability in the region (Research Triangle Park, N.C. – February 2, 2012) – On February […]

SunEnergy1 dedicates solar project in Plymouth, N.C.

SunEnergy1’s Kenny Habul dedicated the first phase of his company’s 20-megawatt solar farm in Plymouth this week, saying he will […]

Evatran Open House: February 2nd

Plugless Power™, developed by Evatran™, is the first electric vehicle (EV) charging system on the market to offer customers a […]

Electric plants shift from coal to natural gas

PITTSBURGH — The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution woes. But a shift is […]

Cleveland County solar farm opens

Duke will buy electricity from Strata Solar, which hopes to add 150-200 jobs. By Bruce Henderson Posted: Friday, Jan. […]

Alamance County Rest Area receives Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The event marked the formal ribbon-cutting of one of the first electric vehicle charging stations to operate at a North […]

Electric Motor Manufacturer to Create 166 Jobs in Cleveland County

State Grant Helps Baldor Electric Expand in Kings Mountain   RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Baldor Electric […]

First Citizens turns to solar power

First Citizens Bank is going green — and we’re not talking about the color of cash money. The Raleigh-based bank […]

Environmental groups make deal in Duke Energy merger hearing

A deal between environmental groups and Duke Energy    and Progress Energy    in South Carolina will require the companies […]

NCSU scientists introduce solar dye

Researchers from North Carolina State University    have developed a dye they say can improve solar energy technology. Head researcher […]

EV Test Drive event in Western NC on Dec. 1st

Greengov group members in Western NC are invited to attend the Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event on Thursday, December 1st […]

FMC Lithium expanding in Gaston

Story by: Steve Byers, Charlotte Observer   Manufacturer FMC Lithium is making a $50 million investment in Gaston County. The […]

RTI International Adds EV Charging Stations

RTI International recently added two electric vehicle charging stations on their Research Triangle Park campus.  The N.C. Clean Energy Technology […]

2011 Freeing the Grid released

2011 Freeing the Grid released; more states make the grade on renewable energy policies Renewable energy advocates today released the […]

IREC’s 2011 Updates and Trends Annual Report released

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC’s) 2011 Updates & Trends Annual Report was released on October 17, 2011 in Dallas, […]

New NCSU Solar House hours of operation

After briefly being closed due to state budget cuts, the NCSU Solar House is now back open on a limited […]

Green Job Training in the Southeast

Story by: Recently, it seems that every politician has the exact same top three priorities: Jobs, Jobs and Jobs. […]

Proposal would double state’s solar energy output

Story by: John Murawski, Raleigh N&O (reposted)   Solar energy has been far and away the most successful of the […]

U.S. solar industry had a bright 2010

Story by: San Jose Mercury News A recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association found that 2010 was a […]