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State Energy Conference to be held April 21-22 in Raleigh

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by shannonhelm
Think and Do: Mapping a Sustainable Future for Energy in North Carolina


On April 21-22, 2015, the 12th Annual State Energy Conference, the premier forum on energy issues in North Carolina,  will be held at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center at N.C. State University in Raleigh, NC. Conference tracks cover  solar and wind, bioenergy, new opportunities for traditional energy sources, advanced energy technology and innovations, and building energy efficiency.









Attendees will benefit from:
  • 75+ expert speakers
  • Networking options for sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and students
  • Twenty-five different sessions in five different tracks
  • Professional continuing education credits for engineers, architects, energy managers and planners
  • Conference networking social, sponsored by the Duke University Energy Mix


Registration is now live at


Online registration ends April 17!



Inaugural Solar Power Southeast comes to Atlanta in May

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by shannonhelm


The regionally-focused Solar Power Southeast, brought by the team that produces Solar Power International, will be held May 7-8, 2015 in Atlanta, G.A. The event will highlight important policy discussions, business trends, and other obstacles facing the Southeast region – with a particular focus on Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.

Attend and stay up-to-date on what matters in one of the hottest solar regions in the United States. View the schedule-at-a-glance for additional details.


Why should you attend?


To experience …

  • Five hours of dedicated networking;
  • Exclusive policy updates and research that will only be available to event attendees;
  • An intimate environment to connect and learn about what companies are doing in the SOLD OUT exhibit space; and more!


All proceeds from Solar Power Southeast support the expansion of the solar energy industry through SEIA and SEPA’s year-round research and education activities, and SEIA’s extensive advocacy efforts. Solar Power Southeast’s primary mission is to deliver on the missions of both SEIA and SEPA in a way that strengthens the solar energy industry domestically and globally, through networking and education, and by creating an energetic and engaging marketplace to connect buyers and suppliers.





Forum for the Development of a Template Solar Ordinance for North Carolina – Charlotte 10/18

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by shannon No Comments

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

Friday, October 18, 2013 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Central Piedmont Community College
Harris Conference Center
3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208


Join the NC Sustainable Energy Association and the NC Solar Center at our upcoming Template Solar Ordinance Forum in Charlotte on October 18th. Sponsored by the CPCC Center for Sustainability, this is the fifth and final forum to gather input on drafting a template solar ordinance for local communities. The event engages attendees from government, the solar industry, non-profits, and the general public in a dynamic and constructive exchange concerning the solar development process and yields insightful comments that will help to inform the drafting of the template ordinance.

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 provide input to the drafting of the template solar ordinance for North Carolina. The template solar ordinance will be available this fall at which time it can be adopted in full by counties and municipalities across the state, or it can be adapted to fit the particular needs of an area. We encourage your attendance at this dynamic and informative event.

Seating is Limited: Register Today


Live text polling will take place throughout the event to inform the drafting of a template solar ordinance for North Carolina communities to adopt.


Benefits of Attendance
  • Gain an understanding of local development and permitting processes.
  • 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.
  • Inform the process of developing a template ordinance for solar energy facilities in North Carolina for local governments.
  • 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 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
NC Sustainable Energy Association,
Mobile: (302) 584-4152

2nd Annual Appalachian Energy Summit gathers higher education leaders across the state

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by shannon No Comments


The 2013 Appalachian Energy Summit will take place July 17-19, 2013 on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, a beautiful place to be during the North Carolina summer. The general public is graciously encouraged to attend a public keynote presentation on Wednesday July 17 at 7pm. For 2013, we will carefully add select industry experts in hopes of building connections that truly enable this transformation while adding to our vibrant regional economies.

Over three days, summit participants will learn from a series of plenary presentations, experience panel discussions featuring industry experts, and work together in a series of breakout sessions designed to both inspire and organize our future collaborative efforts.

The Appalachian Energy Summit is the annual gathering of the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Through this initiative, campus leaders from across higher education in North Carolina share goals to reduce energy expenditures, transform energy utilization and reduce the environmental impacts of both higher education and the state. 

The N.C. Solar Center’s clean transportation staff are attending and will be moderating the transportation breakout session on Thursday.  Discussions in this breakout will will cover items ranging from data collection, publicizing alternative transportation options for students and staff (fleet managers), and opportunities for installing solar collectors over parking lots across campuses statewide, among other topics.

To read more about the additional breakout sessions and more about the conference in general click here.


10th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference offers informative, prestigious lineup

Posted on: April 9th, 2013 by shannon No Comments


RALEIGH – A Nobel Peace Prize winner, the leader of one of North Carolina’s most dynamic energy product innovators, the sustainability chief of one of the nation’s top craft brewers and the Electric Vehicle Manager with Nissan LEAF in Tennessee, will highlight presentations at the N.C. Dept. of Commerce Energy Office’s 10th annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh April 15-17.

“The state’s clean energy sector has been identified as one of the top national growth trends, vaulting North Carolina into a top-tier state for clean energy jobs and lifting the entire Southeast with it, said N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “Energy activity and issues will continue to dominate the state’s economic development landscape and will be front-and-center at our annual Sustainable Energy Conference.”

In addition to the conference’s traditional agenda, a bonus Smart Grid Forum, highlighting growth and developments in the state’s substantial Smart Grid sector of the energy economy, has been added to the conference lineup with a keynote from Eric Lightner, director of the federal Smart Grid Taskforce.

All conference sessions will take place at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center, at the corner of Western Blvd. and Gorman St. in Raleigh. The full agenda for the conference is available online at:


Keynote speakers include:


  • Marilyn Brown, a professor of energy policy in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, will deliver the opening keynote at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.  Brown is a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The prize was awarded jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


  • James Ellis, electric vehicle manager for Nissan North America.  Ellis manages projects that promote the acceptance of electric vehicles, and he helps develop strategies for charging infrastructure development. Before his career at Nissan, Ellis was senior manager for transportation and infrastructure for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  He will speak at noon on Tuesday, April 16.


  • Ty Mitchell, Executive Vice President for Cree Inc.; Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and making energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete through the use of energy-efficient, mercury-free LED lighting.  Mitchell oversees the rapidly growing business focusing on commercial and residential LED lighting.  He will speak at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17.


  • Cheri Chastain has, for more than six years, been sustainability coordinator for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the Chico, Calif.-based craft beer brewer that is expanding with a major east-coast presence in Asheville.  She is responsible for maintaining current policies and projects, and working on new project development along with monitoring energy use, conservation, and generation; managing waste avoidance, recycling, and composting efforts as well as researching and implementing alternative fuel options and works toward water conservation and reuse.  She will speak at noon on Wednesday, April 17.


  • Eric Lightner, director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, has worked as a manager for advanced technology in the U.S. Department of Energy for the last 18 years.  As head of the Smart Grid Taskforce, it is his mission to ensure awareness, coordination and integration of smart grid-related activities throughout the federal government.  He will open the Smart Grid Forum at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15.  The forum will also include specially-focused panels and sessions.


As elected officials debate potential development for fossil fuels, Environment Entrepreneurs, a national organization of energy innovators, recognizes North Carolina’s clean energy sector as one of the top growing in the nation.  The growth in deployment of solar energy has been one of the state’s economic development bright spots during the depths of the great recession.  Solar Energy sector jobs in North Carolina added 21,160 jobs while the general economy shed more than 100,000.

Panel discussions will feature several topics including: wind and solar power; onshore and offshore fossil fuel exploration, sustainable agriculture; renewable energy project finance and others.  In addition, there will be a special exhibit of alternative and plug-in electronic vehicles.


The N.C. Solar Center is proud to be a sponsor of the conference.  Click here to register and see the conference agenda.


N.C. Solar Center presenters include:

Lyra Rakusin – Session R, NC Renewable Energy Supply Chain & Workforce Training – 4/17, 10:30am – Noon

Jen Banks – Session W, NC Wind Market Update – 4/17, 1:30pm -2:45pm

Sustainable energy conference comes as state looks at overhauling law

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

Just a few years ago North Carolina’s Sustainable Energy Conference events focused on the moonshot dream of developing state policies to promote the clean energy sector.

This year the conference will be held in Raleigh at a time that state legislators are trying to undo a key state policy, and the first law of its kind in the South, that promotes renewables and energy efficiency.

This week’s introduction of House Bill 298, which seeks to freeze the state’s renewables and conservation mandate, will lend a sense of timeliness to panel discussions about the status of solar energy, wind farms and other renewables in North Carolina.

In Thursday’s announcement of the conference, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker frames the debate by extolling the clean energy sector as “vaulting North Carolina into a top-tier state for clean energy jobs and lifting the entire Southeast with it.”

Speakers at this year’s 3-day sustainability conference will include Marilyn Brown, a Georgia Tech professor who worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and shared a Nobel Prize with former vice president Al Gore.

Other speakers will include James Ellis, electric vehicle manager for Nissan North America, maker of the Nissan Leaf electric car, and Ty Mitchell, executive vice president for Cree, the Durham-based maker of LED lighting.

Panel discussions will cover microgrids, power grid security, federal and state policies, North Carolina’s energy clusters, solar farms, offshore wind farms, biofuels and others.

The discussion of solar farms and wind farms is likely to include the fallout from House legislation introduced by Republican Mike Hager, a former Duke Energy engineer who regards clean energy mandates to be boondoggles. The state’s 2007 energy law requires that investor-owned electric utilities offset 12.5 percent of retail power sales with renewables or efficiency programs by 2021.

Hager’s bill would freeze that mandate at the current 3 percent. His bill would also prohibit power companies from paying additional incremental costs to cover the costs of renewables and efficiency programs beyond the 3 percent they have attained so far.

The 2007 law spawned a surge in solar farms, including a planned 100-megawatt project that would be one of the largest in the country. It also forced Duke Energy, Progress Energy and rural and municipal utilities to develop programs to pay customers cash incentives for buying energy efficient appliances and adopting other conservation measures.


Written by: John Murawski, Raleigh News & Observer

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Week

Posted on: September 26th, 2012 by shannon No Comments


Monday, October 1 – Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Triangle Region will host Triangle Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Awareness Week to promote electric transportation and educate the public on what it means to be a PEV ready region.

NC State kicked off PEV Awareness Week early on Friday, September 21, 2012 with the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Grand Opening on Centennial Campus. The event was also part of Campus Sustainability Day.

Marbles Museum is celebrating PEV Awareness Week and kicking off National Energy Awareness Month with a free movie screening of “Revenge of the Electric Car” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012.

There will also be other activities, including an electric vehicle display on Marble’s courtyard, a special Ride-n-Drive event with a Nissan LEAF, and several energy-themed children’s activities (regular admission fees apply).


Click here to register for the Marbles Museum event.


Click here for more information about PEV Awareness Week and other events happening throughout the week.

9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference – 4/19-4/20 – Register now!

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by shannon No Comments

The North Carolina Energy Office’s Ninth Annual Sustainable Energy Conference is just around the corner (April 19 & 20 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh) and you don’t want to miss it.  Keynote speakers this year include: John Hanger the former head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environment; Nick Hamon, head of sustainability for Bayer CropScience; Rob Gramlick, head of public policy for the American Wind Energy Association and Dan Peaco of LaCapra Associates, who will give an update on where our state stands in meeting its renewable energy portfolio standard and what steps can be taken to do more.

Panel sessions will provide insights on financing renewable and sustainable energy enterprises; the achievements of energy-related federal Recovery Act programs in the state and the effective implementation of alternative and renewable energy resources and projects.  If you’ve been procrastinating about signing up, no problem.  If you sign up online, — — you can still qualify for the special low rate for government and non-profit groups.  Registration includes full access all sessions and exhibits for the two-day conference and continental breakfast and full lunch both days.  There will also be a special exhibit of electric vehicles and a bonus session on Thursday evening hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial Development.

Don’t delay, this offer will expire at the close of business on Tuesday April 10.  Registration online at:

Raleigh drivers get personal pit stop from legendary NASCAR fueler ‘Gasman Choc’

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by shannon No Comments
Drivers can fill up with E85 at $2.85/gallon


WHO:       Danny “Chocolate” Myers, legendary NASCAR gasman, and Curator, Richard Childress Racing Museum;  Chris Bender, Director, Government and Public Affairs, Novozymes;  Marcy Bauer, Engineering Extension Specialist, North Carolina Solar Center;  Kokila Amin, Owner, KarGO Express Mart

WHAT:   Legendary NASCAR gasman and host of Tradin’ Paint, popular racing show on Sirius-XM NASCAR 90 “Chocolate” Myers will pump patrons’ E85 ( 85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) fuel, sign autographs and help raise awareness about flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) and renewable fuels for E(arth)-85 Day.  The station will offer E85 at $2.85/gallon and have several new FFVs on display including the public unveiling of the new Novozymes ‘Zymobile’ – a colorfully-wrapped Dodge Charger promoting advanced biofuels made using the Franklinton, North Carolina company’s enzyme technology. FFVs are capable of operating on E85, gasoline or any blend in between.

The first two patrons to fill up after 11:00 a.m. will be awarded a pair of tickets to the NASCAR Charlotte race over Memorial Day Weekend, courtesy of Novozymes.

WHEN:     Friday, April 20, 2012;   11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  KarGO Express Mart, 1210 New Bern Ave, Raleigh

WHY:       April 16-22 is Earth Week, with April 22 celebrated as Earth Day.  As gas prices continue to climb higher into the peak driving season, consumers need to know they have a choice today at the pump.  American-made biofuels have between 60-90% less CO2 emissions than gasoline, generally help reduce the price of a gallon of gasoline, and flex-fuel vehicles are available today at no extra cost to take advantage of using this fuel.

Auto manufacturers are offering over 60 FFVs makes and models in 2012 and have pledged to increase production annually.  According to RL Polk in 2011 there were over 236,000 FFVs in North Carolina. There are only 18 service stations in the state that offer the high blend of renewable fuel. The KarGO Express Mart is the only E85 station in Raleigh.

NASCAR has been using E15 (a blend of 15% ethanol and gasoline) in their racing series since 2011.  Drivers and team management alike have found the fuel to be an overall benefit to their cars’ performance.

On April 2, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications from gas stations for registration of fuel made with a blend of 15-percent ethanol, or E15.  To enable widespread adoption of E15, the Obama administration has set a goal to help fueling station owners install 10,000 blender pumps over the next five years.


Learn more!

Ethanol Overview

E85 Flex Fuel Vehicle List

Retail locations for ethanol



Save the date! 9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by shannon No Comments

SUSTAINABILITY: Optional no longer

9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference
April 19-20, 2012
McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC



Highlights of the 9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference

  • individual registration fees still at 2008 levels
  • PDH continuing education hours
  • over 60 commercial and agency exhibits
  • lively reception and breakout sessions
  • great speakers and panelists on topics such as:


Finance & Jobs
Popular Consumer Demand
Smart Infrastructure
Agency Driven Economic Development
Statistical review of impact
Smart Grid
Incentives for Job Creation and Finance
Energy Internships and Fellowships
Residential & Commercial Building Codes
K-12 Public Schools
Performance Contracting
NC Home-Grown Energy from Solar,
Natural Gas, Wind, and Bioenergy
Deferred Maintenance

Corporate Culture of Sustainability
Weatherization, Residential & Multi-Family
Clean Power Efficiency
USI Cutting Edge Technologies
Business to Business Financing
Sustainable Agriculture
2011 Appliance Rebate Program
Energy Storage
Utility Savings Initiative Case Studies
Education and Training Programs
Electric vehicles
Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irene
Energy Star-Homes
Recovery Act/Lessons Learned


To learn more and register, visit: