NC Sustainable Energy Association


NC Sustainable Energy Buzz: Greensboro Academy Recognized For Geothermal System

April 30, 2012 10:16 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

North Carolina is leading the Southeast in the clean energy economy and our state's valuable sustainable energy businesses, local community leaders and organizations, educational institutions, and others are starting new projects everyday to make us a national leader. Below are just a few of the recent major announcements and innovations from across our state. Click on each hyperlink below to read more about each project.


Builders of Hope, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that rebuilds homes to energy-efficient LEED certification, will pilot a program in Atlanta that could turn 500 foreclosed homes into affordable housing.

The American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro has gained national recognition for its geothermal energy system.

A high school freshman won first place in the 2012 North Carolina Science Festival for his invention of a Solar Composter — a solar panel heating system optimizes the composting process so that it can be used year round, while preventing weeds and parasites.

Kennedy/Jenks and Gehrlicher Solar Develop Southwest Solar Systems

April 30, 2012 10:09 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. announced a strategic joint-development agreement focused on providing solar energy to water and wastewater treatment facilities in California, Arizona and Nevada. Since 1919, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants has specialized in the planning, evaluation and design of water and wastewater treatment facilities. With a significant client network in the western US, including 250 facilities in California, Kennedy/Jenks is uniquely positioned to introduce renewable energy solutions to this energy intensive industry.

Charlotte Habitat Breaks Ground on 1st LEED Certified Home

April 27, 2012 11:44 AM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte has announced the groundbreaking of its first affordable LEED Certified Home. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The strength of the program lies in its holistic approach to design and construction and third-party verification. The certification system was built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.

Abundant Power Group Releases New Website

April 27, 2012 9:35 AM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Charlotte, NC Abundant Power Group released a new website revealing significant strides in the company strategy to catalyze the clean energy economy through private capital. The new website highlights Abundant Power’s four operating divisions — growth equity, efficiency finance, solar finance, and energy productive schools - which serve unique needs of the clean energy industry and benefit from insight and cross fertilization across business units.

Webinar: Discover Where NC Voters Stand on Energy Issues

April 26, 2012 4:34 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

'Discover Where NC Voters Stand on Energy Issues'

On April 26, 2012, members and supporters of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) discussed the results of our latest statewide poll. 


NCSEA's public opinion poll of over 700 registered voters found that more than 50 percent of people said their electricity rates are too high. Overwhelmingly, 85.4 percent of those surveyed said they wanted more options for buying electricity from other companies besides their current utility.

National pollster Paul Fallon of Fallon Research broke down the questions and responses. NCSEA's Executive Director Ivan Urlaub and Director of Government Affairs Julie Robinson talked about how the results relate to our legislative efforts and what they mean for your energy usage and monthly bills.

Save the Date: Making Energy Work Oct 10-11

April 26, 2012 3:12 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano


The 2012 Making Energy Work Conference offers unprecedented access to the latest information, solutions and technologies driving the success of North Carolina's renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses. Join hundreds of state and national clean energy leaders and embrace the chance to inspire strategies for continued growth.

October 10-11, 2012

Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

NCSEA Board Member Tapped to Speak on Harvard Panel

April 23, 2012 4:01 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Jacqueline Patterson, Principal of Sheercom LLC and member of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Board of Directors, has been asked to  join a panel on “Making Charlotte Competitive” on May 3, 2012. The panel is part of Harvard Business School’s national outreach campaign “U.S. Competitiveness: Paths Forward.” In Charlotte, Jim Rogers of Duke Energy has offered to serve as the local host for the event.

The “U.S. Competitiveness: Paths Forward” event will take place from 4- 6 p.m. on May 3, 2012 at the O.J. Miller Auditorium at the Duke Energy Headquarters. An audience of roughly 150 is expected. Patterson's panel is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and will focus on how Charlotte leaders are enhancing U.S. competitiveness. Patterson has been asked to describe her unique, inspiring story in areas such as workforce training, higher education, innovation, entrepreneurship and small business development. The panel will be moderated by HBS professor Bill George.

Kicking Clean Energy onto the Global Field

April 23, 2012 3:57 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Lime Energy Co. has made a sponsorship agreement with Uncharted Play, the creators of sOccketTM, a portable source of clean, renewable energy designed to help families in need.

The sOccket is a durable soccer ball that harnesses the kinetic energy of the ball during normal game play and stores it for later power needs. After just 30 minutes of play, small electrical appliances, like an LED lamp, can be plugged into the sOccket for 3 hours of electricity. “Lime’s purpose is to build a clean energy future and this sponsorship aligns to our values as a company,” said John O’Rourke, Lime President and CEO. “The creators of sOccket have developed a renewable resource that taps into the global passion for the game of soccer and creates a lasting solution to the growing energy crisis.”

Mobile Care Awards Recognize Transportation Emission Reduction Efforts

April 23, 2012 11:39 AM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Raleigh, N.C. – April 23, 2012 - The sixth annual North Carolina Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) awards were announced Friday. The Mobile CARE awards recognize transportation emission reduction efforts that support alternative fuel and advanced technology activities and policies in North Carolina. The four awards were presented by N.C. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Ted Vedan atthe Eco Driving to Electric: Clean Transportation Opportunities Abound session of the 9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference held in Raleigh, N.C. 

The Mobile CARE awards are part of a $3 million, six-year Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project lead by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University with funding provided by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Facebook NC Community Celebrate Data Center Grand Opening

April 20, 2012 1:00 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Forest City, NC — Facebook’s Forest City Data Center celebrated its grand opening in Rutherford County on Thursday, April 19, after completing the site’s first building and beginning to serve user traffic from the facility.

Facebook’s Vice President of Site Operations Tom Furlong and Data Center Manager George Henry joined NC Deputy Commerce Secretary Dale Carroll, members of the legislative delegation, Rutherford County Commission Chair Julius Owens, Forest City Mayor Dennis Tarlton, and more than 300 “friends” for a celebration at the facility.

"Our Forest City data center is among the most advanced and most energy efficient facility of its kind," Furlong said. "We want to thank the thousands of people involved, in North Carolina and beyond, for coming together to build and staff a world-class facility in less than a year and a half. This is an amazing accomplishment, and it wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t worked so well together."

“We are proud that Facebook chose to make North Carolina a ‘friend.’ The feeling is certainly mutual,” said Governor Bev Perdue. "The data center has come together with remarkable speed, thanks to the strong relationship between the company and our state and local resources. The investment and jobs at the data center is a boon to that region of the state, and helps confirm North Carolina’s distinction as a global business destination.”