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Nominations Open For 2012 Clean Energy Awards

May 31, 2012 3:55 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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.


Abundant Power Closes Energy Loan for Community Nonprofit

May 31, 2012 1:36 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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.


Congrats to NCSEA Membership Contest Winners

May 29, 2012 11:01 AM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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.


NC Sustainable Energy Buzz: Apple Fuel Cell Gets Green Light

May 29, 2012 9:53 AM | 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.

SOLAR
President Obama's chief environmental adviser and U.S. Rep. David Price will tour a solar start-up company in Durham. Nancy Sutley 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.

RENEWABLE ENERGY
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.


 


What You Need to Know About Legislative Session 2012

May 28, 2012 10:28 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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 julie@energync.org.


5 Ways to Stay Cool and Save Energy this Summer

May 28, 2012 10:01 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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
of Energy.

  1. Conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.
     
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Keep Your Cooling System Running Efficiently
    Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.

  5. 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.

To read more about each of these cost-cutting methods, click here. Find more energy saving tips at energysavers.gov.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy


Success Stories: Earth Energy Solutions LLC

May 28, 2012 8:51 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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.


Abundant Power Closes Three Loans to Cut Energy Costs in Hotels

May 21, 2012 8:04 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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.


NC Sustainble Energy Buzz: Raleigh National Leader in EV Promotion

May 14, 2012 9:55 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.


Energy Choices Now Roadshow Draws Diverse Crowd

May 14, 2012 9:00 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

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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