NC Sustainable Energy Association


NCSEA and Duke-Progress to Discuss Program for On-Bill Financing

July 31, 2012 6:53 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) has entered into an agreement with Duke Energy and Progress Energy to try to design an on-bill financing program that will work for the utilities, their customers and renewable energy and energy efficiency developers

Energy efficiency improvements and rooftop solar are often too costly for customers, even after taking utility incentives into account. Duke, Progress and NCSEA will explore the feasibility of an on-bill financing program that addresses the up-front cost hurdle. A successfully implemented program would promote a more resilient, secure and affordable energy future for all of North Carolina.

Duke, Progress and NCSEA hope the Public Staff, the South Carolina Regulatory, NC Attorney General, NAACP, AARP, the NC Justice Center, Environmental Defense Fund and the NC Farm Bureau will be direct participants the discussion.

Duke-Progress, NCSEA and Others Reach Agreement in Swine Poultry Set Aside Case

July 31, 2012 6:33 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano & Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director

Duke Energy and Progress Energy have agreed to disclose additional information about their ongoing efforts to comply with the swine/poultry waste-to-energy obligations included in the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) law. The utilities filed a settlement agreement on Tuesday, July 31 with the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

Earlier this summer, North Carolina’s electric suppliers — Duke, Progress, Dominion and the municipal and cooperative power companies — indicated to the Commission that they would not be able to comply with their 2012 and 2013 swine and poultry waste-to-energy REPS requirements.

NCUC Update: Fayetteville Public Works Commission

July 31, 2012 10:05 AM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

In its 2010 REPS Compliance Report, the Fayetteville Public Works Commission (FPWC) included intra-city power transfers (e.g., transfers of power from FPWC to city police departments and fire departments, etc.) among its “retail sales” that give rise to its REPS compliance obligations.

Since filing the report, FPWC seeks to amend the report to exclude the intra-city power transfers. By doing so, FPWC will reduce its retail sales and number of customer accounts and thereby reduce its REPS compliance obligations.

NCSEA conducted discovery and learned that FPWC appears to have treated the intra-city power transfers as retail sales for North Carolina tax purposes.  NCSE filed comments with the NC Utilities Commission on July 30, 2012 asking the Commission to consider FPWC’s treatment of the transfers as retail sales for tax purposes in making any decision. The Commission will now either issue an order in the coming months or conduct additional fact-finding inquiry.

Update: NCSEA Regulatory Filings

July 27, 2012 3:47 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) filed comments and a post-hearing brief in three different regulatory matters this week. The dockets were filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

Wind Turbine Launched in Eastern NC

July 26, 2012 7:42 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

MOREHEAD CITY — GreenSky Wind Systems unveiled its revolutionary ZEPHYRE 1.2 kW system at a launch ceremony and reception at North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine and Science Technology (CMAST) in Morehead City on Thursday, July 26.

Nominations Open For 5th Annual Sustainable Business Awards

July 26, 2012 7:31 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

The USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter is hosting the 5th Annual Sustainable Business Awards.

These awards provide recognition to people and organizations who are transforming our built environment and our community into a healthier, more environmentally friendly and prosperous place to live, work and learn.

Nominations are due Friday, August 10, 2012 5 p.m. and projects are not required to be LEED Certified, so nominate today.

Finalists will be announced on Aug. 27 and the winners will be awarded at the Annual Green Gala on October 11th at The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte.

Download the packet/nomination form by going to

SEM Unveils ecoHOME Program

July 26, 2012 7:25 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

MORRISVILLE — Builders have a new option designed to make implementing energy efficiency improvements more efficient, through "ecoHOME," a program developed by Southern Energy Management (SEM). For years, builders have been adapting to changes from various other programs that are becoming more specialized and, often, more complicated. The purpose of ecoHOME is to simplify procedural requirements while maximizing the home’s health, comfort and energy efficiency.

2012 North Carolina Legislative Wrap Up Webinar

July 25, 2012 4:01 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

On July 25, more than 70 NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) members, supporters and others tuned into an informative wrap up on energy-related legislation that was discussed during the 2012 North Carolina General Assembly's Short Session. The session ended on July 3.

NCSEA registered lobbyists Julie Robinson and Tom Bean also previewed the 2013 legislative session and spoke about the expected efforts to repeal or roll back the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard and tax credit. In addition, the webinar covered NCSEA's current and upcoming work at the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Other panelists included NCSEA Executive Director Ivan Urlaub and NCSEA's Counsel and Regulatory Advisor Michael Youth.

Success Story: Yes! Solar Solutions

July 23, 2012 9:19 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Yes! Solar Solutions of the Triangle is committed to changing the way our community thinks about energy, while providing the education and resources to help make that change. Yes! Solar partnered with Holocene to build a 150 gallon solar thermal tank for Irregardless Café. NCSEA spoke with owners Kathy and Stew Miller about the company's success.

How did Yes! Solar get started?
We started Yes! Solar Solutions in May 2009 in Cary, NC as the first franchise of a company in California owned by Solar Power, Inc. Our experience included 20 years each at a major corporation and then building and operating the Primrose Schools in Cary for 11 years. With deep corporate experience, as well as small business franchise experience, we expected this to be a good way to break into the solar business in a professional way. 

NC Sustainable Energy Buzz: NC State to Dedicate Wind Turbine

July 23, 2012 9:13 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.

NC State's Center for Marine Science and Technology has scheduled a ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 26 for a 1.2 kilowatt wind turbine at Carteret Community College.  

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to create much slimmer thin-film solar cells without sacrificing the cells’ ability to absorb solar energy.