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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Wind energy is growing slowly in the south, but that may soon change

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Wind energy could be gaining more momentum in the south Wind energy has become the largest renewable power sector in the United States, but its adoption has been lagging in southern parts of the country. Several southern states have shown interest in embracing clean power, but wind energy, in particular, has had some trouble finding a foothold in this region. This is partly due to the relatively high cost of wind farms and the fact that turbine technology has only recently begun growing more efficient and appealing to the energy…

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Federal government to lease more territory for offshore wind energy systems

More of the sea will be available for offshore projects The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced that it plans to lease nearly 200 square miles of ocean territory for a commercial offshore wind energy system. The territory is located off the coast of North Carolina. The federal agency plans to hold an auction for the territory in March of this year and nine companies have qualified to place bids on the lease for their offshore wind energy projects. New project could help increase offshore wind energy capacity in…

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North Carolina seeks to shut down wind farm due to national security concerns

North Carolina - Wind Farms

Lawmakers are looking to halt development on a large-scale wind energy project Lawmakers in North Carolina are looking to put an end to a wind farm that is nearing completion, citing national security risks. The wind farm costs approximately $400 million to develop and is located relatively close to a long-distance surveillance radar installation. Legislators have come together to send the incoming Trump administration a letter requesting that action be taken on the issue. The future of the wind farm is currently uncertain. Project’s wind turbines could interfere with nearby…

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Amazon announces new wind energy project in Texas

Amazon will be launching a new wind energy system in West Texas Major online retailer Amazon has announced a new major renewable energy project in Texas. The project is focused on wind power and has been dubbed the Amazon Wind Farm Texas. Amazon is just one among many major companies that have begun to invest aggressively in wind energy and other forms of clean power. The company believes that renewable energy can help it become more environmentally friendly and reduce the amount of harmful emissions it produces each year. Wind…

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Duke Energy seeks to increase solar energy capacity

Utility aims to show more support for solar power Duke Energy, one of North Carolina’s leading energy utilities, is looking to increase its solar capacity. The utility expects to see a growth in the consumption of energy over the next 15 years and intends to provide customers with access to solar power in order to accommodate growing demand for electricity. While demand for solar energy specifically is still relatively low, the utility wants to increase its solar capacity in order to comply with new government policies and emission regulations. Demand…

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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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Offshore wind energy systems could harm tourism in North Carolina

Study highlights the potentially detrimental impact offshore wind farms could have on tourism A new study from the North Carolina State University has found that offshore wind energy systems could have economic benefits for those living in the state. These wind farms could also affect the tourism industry, as the study found that nearly half of those vacationing in the state claimed that they would not rent the same beach house if they could see wind turbines from these properties. Even if these vacationers were offered a 25% discount on…

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Duke Energy to use waste to energy to run four power stations

The electric power holding company will use swine and poultry waste as a power source. Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States has announced that it will be using the methane produced by a waste to energy process from a planned facility in North Carolina to generate renewable electricity at four of the company’s power stations. The energy from waste facility, which will be built and owned by Carbon Cycle Energy, will use swine and poultry waste to create the gas. Approximately 125,000 megawatt hours…

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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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North Carolina is becoming a haven for renewable energy

State’s energy economy will continue to grow with the aid of clean power North Carolina is home to one of the most diverse energy economies in the United States and renewable energy is expected to play a major role in the future evolution of the state’s economy. ABB, a leader in energy and automation, has high hopes for renewable energy in North Carolina. The state has been working to find more affordable and environmentally friendly forms of power over the past few years and has begun focusing heavily on several…

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Corporations want to embrace renewable energy

Companies in North Carolina want more choices when it comes to clean energy Large corporations in North Carolina want to have more options when it comes to the energy they used. Ten of these companies, including Walmart, Target, and Volvo, have sent a letter to the state’s Legislature, calling for revisions to be made to laws that prohibit them from contracting energy providers that are not the state’s utilities. These companies are showing greater interest in renewable energy as an alternative to the conventional power that they have been using…

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Fracking is given the go-ahead in North Carolina

New drilling rules go into effect in the Tar Heel State. On Tuesday, North Carolina’s longstanding freeze on hydraulic fracturing came to an end with the passing of the House Bill 157, which ushered in new drilling rules and opened up the application process for companies interested in fracking for natural gas. The final vote was 39 – 10, with six Democrats joining 33 Republicans in approving the bill. Critics say that the new rules are weak and insufficient. After legalizing the controversial mining practice back in 2012, North Carolina…

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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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