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 ready and eager to start new projects to make us a national leader. Below are just a few of the recent announcements and innovations from across our state. (Click on each hyperlink below to read more about each project.)
Robeson County and neighboring areas continue to be a top choice for large solar farms
- A North Carolina-based company utilizes a breakthrough micro-printing process to produce the solar cells en masse and load them onto specially designed large arrays to collect power from the sun.
- Wal-Mart has installed more than 150 U.S. solar projects and expects to have as much as 90 megawatts of capacity by year-end, more than Ikea and Apple.
- A new type of wind turbine made in North Carolina has the potential to save people in the east between 25 and 45 percent on their utility bills each month.
ABB wins $55 million wind power order in Brazil as renewable energy demand grows.
- Ingles Markets' Mills River store has received an ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Mills River store was awarded the "Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR" certification after meeting strict EPA guidelines for the estimated energy use of the building.
- North Carolina is in the process of “paving” the electric vehicle highway and Western North Carolina is well on its way to being an important spoke in that wheel.
- The USDA Farm Service Agency is expanding its Biomass Crop Assistance Program into an 11-county project area, including Onslow, Duplin, Jones and Pender counties, to help spark rural economic development and recruit prospective growers to establish the crops for use as renewable biofuels.