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Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 15:52 PM.
ELON — It’s no longer uncommon for large businesses to install solar panels, and now a retirement community has invested in the natural power source, which should cut electricity costs for years.
The Blakey Hall Assisted Living community has recently taken advantage of state and federal tax credits by installing a 50kW solar array on the south-facing roof of the community’s main building. Mounted in two phases this year, the 196-panel solar electricity system serves Blakey Hall’s 56 residential units.
It’s also very cost-effective. Federal and state renewable energy grants will save the retirement community in electric bills, said John Ketcham, owner of Blakey Hall.
Homes built to voluntary ENERGY STAR® specifications made up about 26% of all new homes constructed in the United States during 2011. And, North Carolina is one of 15 states leading the nation. Under the latest update of the specifications that went into effect earlier this year, ENERGY STAR homes consume at least 15% less energy than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
ISELIN, N.J., Oct. 26, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Lightway Solar America, Inc. (LSA), the U.S. subsidiary of Lightway Green New Energy Co., Ltd. (LGNE), has announced the execution of 62.8 Megawatts of contracts through their project development subsidiary, Lightway Solar America Project Development, LLC (LWSA PD). Lightway has implemented a sales model in which 11.9 MW of solar panels will be invested into these projects in exchange for equity positions with a commitment from their project partners to purchase the remaining 50.9 MW through executed supply agreements.
The project pipeline consists of 11 different solar project development partners with a pipeline of projects ranging from 250 kw to 4.8 MW spread throughout New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Arizona and California. Projects will begin construction immediately with 21 MW scheduled for Q4 2012 and 42 MW to be built throughout 2013.
ROWLAND, N.C. — Just off a country road, a few miles from the South Carolina border, is a sight few people ever imagined around here.
Solar panels cover a 35-acre field that once produced corn, tobacco and other crops in this corner of southeastern North Carolina. When the sun shines, the panels generate enough electricity for hundreds of homes.
“I initially thought this was a pipe dream,” said farmer Billy Dean Hunt, recalling discussions with a solar company about using his cornfield for a sun farm. “But I started talking to them. They convinced me they would honor what they said. So I did it.”
UNC Charlotte is one of 20 universities chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. In a series of 10 contests, the Solar Decathlon challenges academic teams from around the world to demonstrate inventive clean-energy solutions by building completely solar-powered houses that feature energy-efficient construction and appliances and renewable energy systems. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The competition will be held in Irvine, California next October.
Since its inception in 2002, the Solar Decathlon has grown into one of the most highly anticipated design competitions in the world, hosting more than 300,000 visitors in 2011. Attracting broad media attention in addition to extraordinary attendance, it is an excellent opportunity to educate the public about sustainable energy.
Town of Fairmont in Robeson County welcomes solar farms, jobs.
O2 Energies Inc., a North Carolina-based developer of large-scale ground-mounted solar power plants in the Southeast, today announced the ribbon cutting of the eastern North Carolina Fairmont Solar Farm. O2 Energies began collaborating with officials from the Town of Fairmont and the Robeson County Economic Development Commission in 2011, and kicked off construction of two 25-acre solar farms in Fairmont and Maxton in March of 2012.
The two solar farms have created work for more than 100 people in Robeson county and more than 30 local suppliers. The multi-million dollar projects will add more than $6 million to Robeson County's tax base. O2 Energies projects are also giving residents renewed hope and optimism about their towns' and county's future prosperity, according to local officials.
“Any time you've got some significant change in your economy, and people investing money into your area, it certainly gives folks an opportunity to feel good about what's going on,” said State Sen. Michael P. Walters. “We develop every O2 Energies solar farm to maximize the work opportunities for local suppliers, contractors and citizens,” said O2 Energies president Olee Joel Olsen.
To supply the solar modules, O2 Energies selected Renewable Energy Corporation, a company that employs almost 1000 Americans to manufacture the solar grade silicon used in their modules. Advanced Energy will supply the inverters, which are designed and manufactured in the US. To oversee construction of the project, O2 energies selected REC Solar, one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-experienced solar-energy system integrators.
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