Solar energy is thriving in North Carolina

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North Carolina has become a leading solar energy market North Carolina has taken a leading spot in terms of solar energy generation in the United States. Since 2007, the state’s solar energy production has been growing at an accelerated rate. The state is also becoming more energy efficient, taking advantage of new storage solutions and using the electricity it does generate more effectively. North Carolina is on track to become third largest producer of solar energy this year, making the state a very attractive market for energy developers. Solar capacity…

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North Carolina solar energy market continues to grow but faces challenges

Report shows that solar power is growing strong in North Carolina Environment North Carolina has released a new report highlighting the continuing growth of solar energy throughout the state. The solar sector has been growing quickly in North Carolina, but new challenges are emerging that could slow this growth. The major challenges that face the solar energy market are heavily linked to policies that are being introduced by the state government and large utilities, some of whom are looking to ensure that the energy market remains fair. State ranks fifth…

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NC county to develop the state’s first solar farm on old landfill site

Onslow County is planning to have the first landfill solar panel project in North Carolina. The solar farm project in Onslow County, which will be developed on an old county landfill no longer in use, will be the first of its kind in North Carolina and is expected to generate revenue. The plan is to install 6,000 solar panels across the 15 acres of covered landfill. Installing the solar panels is the second phase of the county’s Solid Waste Renewable Energy Program, reported The Warner Cable News. The county also…

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The fight for solar energy heats up in North Carolina

Utilities are fighting to maintain their monopoly in North Carolina The solar energy sector in North Carolina has become embroiled in a fight that may determine its future in the state, as well as in other parts of the country. In North Carolina, utilities are fighting to desperately retain their hold on the monopolies they have established in the state. This is not good for the solar energy space, however, as these monopolies have limited access to solar power among consumers and businesses alike. Duke Energy continues to fight against…

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Lawmakers seek to expand access to solar energy in North Carolina

Utilities are attempting to restrict the accessibility of solar power Throughout the United States, lobbyists supporting traditional utilities have been pressuring lawmakers and energy regulators to restrict individual and corporate access to solar power. This has slowed the adoption of solar energy to a certain degree, preventing consumers and businesses alike to embrace clean power more aggressively. This has been the case in North Carolina, where Duke Energy, the state’s largest utility, has prevented the use of third-party solar energy programs. Third-party companies represent a potential threat to traditional utilities…

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Representative Szoka wants to boost solar energy in North Carolina

Representative Szoka has promising plans for clean energy as a whole Representative John Szoka is looking to improve the solar sector in North Carolina. In the past, Szoka attempted to pass legislation that would allow state residents to purchase electrical power from sources apart from utilities. While the legislation failed to pass, Szoka believes that the state’s solar sector can still be improved. North Carolina residents have shown strong interest in solar energy, as well as other forms of clean power, and many want to distance themselves from utilities in…

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Principal Solar to build 78 MW solar energy project in North Carolina

Principal Solar will be building a utility-scale solar project in North Carolina Principal Solar, a solar energy company based in Texas, has announced that it will be developing a new, utility-scale solar project in Hope Mills, North Carolina. The project will cost approximately $173 million to develop. Principal Solar notes that there has been a 40% decrease in the cost of solar technologies over the past few years, making solar project more financially viable. The project is expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the eastern…

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Apple invests in solar energy system in North Carolina

North Carolina continues to see action in its solar power sector Apple has unveiled plans to invest some $55 million in the development of a solar energy system in North Carolina. The solar farm is expected to span 100 acres of land and produce electrical power that Apple will use to power one of its largest data centers, which is located in the same state. Apple has been growing more aggressive with its investments in renewable energy in recent years, hopping to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable in the…

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Solar energy sees strong growth in the US during 2013

Report highlights the progress that renewable energy has made throughout the country in 2013 The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released a new report that shows growth in the country’s energy production. The report highlights several areas in which new energy capacity has been added throughout 2013. Notably, natural gas accounted for the majority of new capacity brought online in the U.S. through the whole of last year, but solar energy came in second, with coal falling considerably behind. Wind and hydroelectric power also accounted for new energy capacity throughout…

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New solar energy system planned in North Carolina

Solar Energy North Carolina

North Carolina to get new solar energy system from Strata Solar Strata Solar, a leading solar energy company, has announced plans to develop a new solar farm in North Carolina. The state is home to several small solar energy systems, some of which act as pilot projects that are meant to help gauge the prospects of this form of renewable energy. The solar farm that Strata Solar is developing is expected to be the largest in the entire state and one of the largest in the U.S., with a total…

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