Each year, the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) recognizes businesses and individuals who show exemplary innovation and leadership in the advancement of North Carolina's clean energy economy. For a list of previous winners, click here.
Charlotte, NC – Abundant Power Solutions has reached into the non-profit sector to bring low cost financing to the Downtown Rescue Mission of Huntsville, Alabama to provide a range of energy efficiency measures that upgrade working conditions and save money. On top of the improvements for employees, volunteers and clients of the charitable organization, the project benefits local contractors and lenders as well.
Join us in congratulating NCSEA's newest members. NCSEA has announced the winners of its Energy Choices Now Roadshow Free Membership Contest. The winners are: Ron Koppel, Albemarle Home Energy Audits, Eastern NC; Habitat for Humanity Charlotte; Green Opportunities, Western NC; Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Triad; and Atlantic Energy Concepts, Triangle. All winners have a one-year membership to NCSEA.
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.
President Obama's chief environmental adviser and U.S. Rep. will tour a solar start-up company in . will tour Semprius Inc. with Price and company CEO Joe Carr on Tuesday. In addition to being Obama's top environmental adviser, Sutley also chairs the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
NASCAR has teamed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use racing as a way to tackle larger environmental challenges. First, under the agreement, the EPA will provide NASCAR with technical assistance and expertise. That includes help in leveraging federal programs like Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) and Design for the Environment.
North Carolina legislators are back in Raleigh for this year's legislative short session.
The session started Wednesday, May 16.
On May 24, 2012, more than 50 members and supporters of the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) tuned into an informative webinar, "NC Legislative Session Kick-Off: What You Need To Know," to get inside information on the energy-related issues that could come up during the session. Click here to download the presentation.
Preserving Clean Energy Policy
NCSEA's lead policy team, Ivan Urlaub, Julie Robinson and Tom Bean presented NCSEA's legislative priorities for 2012 and discussed ways clean energy supporters can get involved to ensure the continued success of our state’s clean energy economy. Educating legislators about the recent advancements in our clean energy industry is vitally important. By sharing your success stories regarding the creation of thousands of jobs, business opportunities and renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, you can leave an impression on legislators.
Ways You Can Help Protect & Advance Clean Energy in North Carolina:
Become a strong voice for clean energy. Legislators need to hear from their constituents and business owners who are doing projects in their districts about the local benefits and successes of clean energy.
Help us maintain landmark clean energy policies such as the REPS, tax credits, energy saving building codes, etc. Unfortunately, some legislators want to roll back these vital energy policies.
Remember YOU and other clean energy supporters are our strongest advocates. Telling legislators about clean energy's economic success will help us get additional policies passed in 2013.
To get involved contact, Julie Robinson, Director of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saving energy is hot. Even us energy aficionados could use a refresher on the best practices for lowering our monthly utility bills. Keep your home cool and avoid exorbitant electricity costs during the sweltering summer months by following these tips from the U.S. Department
Conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.
Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
Use Fans and Ventilation Strategies to Cool Your Home
If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
Keep Your Cooling System Running Efficiently
Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.
Don't Heat Your Home with Appliances and Lighting
On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Tom Paonessa and Keith Weatherly Principals of Earth Energy Solutions have a combined 30 plus years of experience in the installation and management of geothermal systems. NCSEA spoke with Paonessa and Weatherly about the benefits of geothermal.
Charlotte, NC – Abundant Power Solutions, LLC has closed three loans to reduce energy waste in hotels in Orange Beach, Alabama. Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn and Suites are all part of Innisfree Hotels, which led the effort to improve energy efficiency through improved energy management systems. The individual, in room controls for temperature and lighting are projected to reduce energy consumption by 25% in each of the three hotels.
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.
Hundreds of North Carolina residents, business owners, legislators and clean energy advocates attended NC Sustainable Energy Association's Energy Choices Now Roadshow across the state. On select dates in April and May 2012, NCSEA staff members and volunteers visited every region of North Carolina to bring energy consumers up-to-speed on renewable energy and energy efficiency activity specific to their areas.
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