NC Sustainable Energy Association


Building a Renewable Energy Industry in the Charlotte Region

January 19, 2010 11:14 AM | Posted By: Julie Robinson, Director of Government Affairs

Join NCSEA, business and energy leaders, government officials and economic development experts for a unique educational and networking event in Charlotte on Wednesday, February 24th from 4-8 pm at the US National Whitewater Center.  Click here to view the full agenda.  Speakers and attendees will discuss and debate the following question:  What energy policies would create the most renewable energy jobs and attract the most business to the 16-county Charlotte region?  Please email Joel Olsen, NCSEA's Acting Charlotte Region Director, at if you have questions about this event or click on the links below to register - Space is Limited!  (Click here for directions to the Whitewater Center.)

**CONFIRMED SPEAKERS** - We have now confirmed several "top-level" feed-in rate experts
who will share their first-hand knowledge and experiences with attendees. These experts include
the Mayor of Gainesville, Florida, which has seen a tenfold (10x) increase in solar installations
after implementing the city's new financing program last year
. In addition, Duke Energy Carolinas'
President Brett Carter and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts will discuss their
trip to Germany and the jobs and economic development opportunities that they saw,
which was a result of the German feed-in rate.  (See full agenda below.)

This event, which will be the first of several planned NCSEA events for 2010, will provide an overview of pending energy policy legislation that could create market opportunities for the Renewable Energy Industry in the Charlotte Region.  This event will focus on the feed-in rate financing mechanism, which has been used successfully by countries around the world and US cities, including Gainesville, FL, and how the Charlotte Region could create jobs while attracting and growing a renewable energy industry if a well-designed feed-in rate policy is passed.

Registration for the forum and networking reception is $25 for NCSEA members or government and $35 for non-members. Click on the links below to register now - space is limited!

NCSEA Members & Government Registration - $25
  (includes registration, parking & reception food; cash bar)
Click here to register.
Non-Member Registration - $35
(includes registration, parking & reception food; cash bar)

Click here to register.

Click here to become a member of NCSEA
Become a Sponsor of this event - show off your
business or organization to important attendees!

For more information or to sign-up as a Sponsor, please
email NCSEA Board Member Zoe Gamble Hanes at
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more about
NCSEA needs volunteers to help plan and staff
this event.
Click here to sign-up
to volunteer.


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Increase the visibility and marketing potential of your business or organization during these exciting events, while providing NCSEA with much-needed resources to push energy policies that will grow the Charlotte Region's renewable energy industry. Event sponsorship demonstrates and positions your company or organization’s leadership as an expert and partner in shaping the future of North Carolina’s Green Energy Economy. For more information or to sign-up as a Sponsor, please email NCSEA Board Member Zoe Gamble Hanes at zgh@blancolaw.comClick here to learn more about the various Sponsorship opportunities.



3:30 pm: Doors Open/Registration

46 pm: Energy policy update and the renewable energy feed-in rate financing mechanism that could be used as a tool by the Charlotte Region to create jobs and attract economic development

Legislative successes that have created the emerging Renewable Energy Industry in NC

Speaker: Zoe Gamble Hanes, Blanco Tackabery

  • REPS Overview
  • Renewable Energy Tax Credit Extension
  • Local renewable energy and energy efficiency financing options
  • Other pending legislation

Introduction to the Renewable Energy Feed-in Rate Policy and how it could create jobs and be used as an economic development tool to attract and grow a Renewable Energy Industry in the Charlotte Region.

Speaker: Joel Olsen, O2energies & NCSEA's Acting Charlotte Region Director

Panel Discussion: What we can learn from Germany in job creation and the economic development they have experienced from the renewable energy industry?

Moderator: Sascha Struckmeyer, Wells Fargo Bank

Mayor Pegeen Hanrahn, City of Gainesville, Florida
Jennifer Roberts, Chair of the Mecklenburg County Commission
Brett Carter
, President of Duke Energy Carolinas

A North Carolina Example

Closing Remarks by Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director of the NC Sustainable Energy Association

6–8pm: Open Business Networking Event
  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Networking until 7:30 pm



Space is limited so register early!


DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
TIME: 4pm - 8 pm

US National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte
Click here for directions

$25 for NCSEA members & Govt.; $35 for non-members
(includes event registration, parking, food)
Business and energy leaders, elected officials, government experts, community leaders
Click here for more information about Sponsorship Opportunities or contact NCSEA Board Member
Zoe Gamble Hanes at to sign-up as a Sponsor.
Click here if you would like to volunteer to help plan and staff
this event.