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Industry Experts, Local Officials Conclude Input on Guidance for Solar Projects

October 29, 2013 11:38 AM | Posted By: Jeannie Wainwright

Final Working Group meeting clears the path for production of a template solar ordinance

2012 NC Clean Energy Census Underway

July 23, 2012 2:32 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano & Rich Crowley, Director of Market Research & Spatial Analysis

The 5th annual North Carolina Clean Energy Industry Census is underway – has your organization participated yet? 

Company responses and information provide the critical insight into the affect clean energy has in North Carolina, and also help ensure that decision makers are aware of the unique business challenges and dynamics North Carolina clean energy companies face. 

If your company has not already participated please either login to the census and complete it online or download the census and fax or email it to NCSEA at (919) 832-6967 or

If you would like to check who represents your company for the census, or do not know your online login ID and password please contact NCSEA directly at

If you are an energy consumer and would like to recommend a company for inclusion in the Census based on clean energy services they have provided you in the past please notify NCSEA and we would be happy to include them if they are not already participating.

5th Annual NC Clean Energy Industries Census Opens

July 9, 2012 3:41 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano & Rich Crowley, Director of Market Research & Spatial Analysis

Since 2008, more than 1,000 different North Carolina companies with activities in clean energy have participated in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census, a nationally-recognized effort. By sharing their industry insight and expertise, companies help clean energy stakeholders better understand the affect and dynamics of the North Carolina clean energy sector. 

Starting this week through the end of August, the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) will be contacting companies by email and phone to participate in the 2012 Census.

NC Sustainable Energy Buzz

November 25, 2011 2:55 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano


North Carolina is leading the Southeast in the emerging clean energy economy. Below is a sampling of what's happening in NC. Click here to learn more about these and many other recent innovations, announcements and advancements:

NC Sustainable Energy Buzz

November 14, 2011 5:29 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

North Carolina is leading the Southeast in the emerging clean energy economy. Below is a small sampling of what's happening across our state. Click on each link to learn more about these recent innovations, announcements and advancements. (And, remember to forward your announcements to, if you would like your information posted on NCSEA's website and included in our eNews.).



Wake Tech automotive instructor Rich Cregar was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for his role in preparing workers for careers in sustainable transportation technologies.

Watagua High School plans to install a 35-foot wind turbine, as a tool that could bolster hands-on education for students and offset the school's energy bills.

A 3 megawatt solar project in Lilesville, about 60 miles east of Charlotte, is being planning for North Carolina. Not long ago 3 megawatts would have been unprecedented in size in North Carolina, but in recent months several projects have been proposed at 4.5 megawatts and 5 megawatts.

Manufacturer FMC Lithium is making a $50 million investment in Gaston County.

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired three 1-megawatt (MW) commerical solar projects in the southwestern corner of NC.

Making Energy Work 2011 Conference Wrap Up & Presentations

November 11, 2011 12:06 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

Success stories defined the NC Sustainable Energy Association’s annual conference on November 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center.  More than 400 clean energy and energy efficiency experts, economic developers, stakeholders, elected officials and others gathered for Making Energy Work 2011. The discussions focused on the successful projects and initiatives that have created jobs, generated savings and advanced the clean energy and energy efficiency economy in North Carolina.

“Through our combined efforts, North Carolina has become a leader in the Southeast in creating market-based clean energy policy, understanding how a clean energy economy develops and becoming a regional hub for clean energy manufacturing and research and development,” said Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director of NCSEA. “It is our aim to capitalize on our state’s momentum and continue to lead the growth of clean energy in every region.”

The conference featured the NCSEA Clean Energy Awards, sponsor exhibits, displays of the hottest electric vehicles and Sprout, an educational kiosk that illustrates the connection between renewable energy and the weather. Educational sessions included state and federal clean energy policy updates, “Clean Energy 101,” innovations in creating clean energy opportunities, emerging technology and finance trends, online energy data tools, a CEO panel discussion on the future of clean energy and the release of the 2011 North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census.

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Jobs Continue to Grow in NC

November 9, 2011 3:54 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano & Paul Quinlan, Deputy Director & Strategic Projects & Rich Crowley, Director of Market Research & Spatial Analysis

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina continues to recover from one of the longest recessions in our nation’s history – marked by ongoing high unemployment. Retaining jobs and fostering economic development has become a priority for businesses, policymakers and residents across the state. Since the passage of the Southeast’s first renewable energy and energy efficiency law in 2007, the clean energy sectors – broadly categorized as renewable energy and energy efficiency – have burst onto the scene and are found in every region of the state.


North Carolina boasts an international smart grid cluster, two of the 50 fastest growing companies in the nation (both are renewable energy companies), and regional initiatives, including the Evolve Energy Partnership, Charlotte New Energy Capital and the Research Triangle CleanTech Cluster.

These assets are supported by a diverse sector with industry activities across all major focus areas. In only a few short years, the clean energy sector has become a North Carolina success story and a valued component of our state’s economic landscape.

These and other findings are outlined in the 2011 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Industries Census. The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSESA) presented the Census during its annual Making Energy Work conference on Wednesday Nov. 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

“One of the key findings of the 2011 census is that the clean energy sector in North Carolina is really a statewide sector. While we do find concentrations of specific technologies like Smart Grid in the Research Triangle, we have found that in addition to the major city hubs like Charlotte and Raleigh, there is an ever-increasing physical presence of firms in the clean energy sector in areas like Hickory, Boone and other areas,” said Rich Crowley, Manager of Market Research & Spatial Analysis for the NC Sustainable Energy Association. “It is important to note that this is using a conservative metric – companies are actually reporting these locations. Unlike national surveys that use large top down database approaches, the NCSEA industry clean energy sector maps are locations that companies are verifying in 2011. In short, there is much more certainty and accuracy with the NCSEA maps since it’s coming directly from industry.”

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Buzz

November 1, 2011 9:09 AM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

North Carolina is leading the Southeast in the emerging clean energy economy. Below is a small sampling of what's happening across our state. Click below on each link to learn more about these recent innovations, announcements and advancements.  (And, remember to forward your announcements to if you would like your information posted on NCSEA's website and included in our eNews.)

North Carolina’s fourth annual sales tax holiday on Energy Star products runs Friday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov.6. During those days, certain Energy Star-qualifiedproducts that meet energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the Department of Energy are exempt from sales and use taxes.  

The Biltmore Estate announced plans to install 5,000 solar panels on six acres. The project will be completed over two months at a cost of $5.2 million.  It will be one of the largest solar arrays in North Carolina.

Gov. Bev Perdue recognized Appalachian State University students and faculty for their participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011 international competition. Perdue signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 28-Nov. 4 as Appalachian State University Solar Homestead Week.

Community Energy Showcased at Solar Power International

October 28, 2011 3:07 PM | Posted By: Miriam Makhyoun, Solar and Renewable Energy Industry Specialist

NC Sustainable Energy Association’s Executive Director Ivan Urlaub and Solar and Renewable Energy Industry Specialist Miriam Makhyoun acquired inside knowledge into community energy at Solar Power International in Dallas the week of Oct. 17. Community energy includes anything above one customer and one meter. It is not yet a reality in North Carolina.

At SPI, Urlaub and Makhyoun attended two sessions where they learned from utility companies and local leaders who have designed successful programs that work for their communities. The three basic models for community energy include the following: Utility-Sponsored, Special Purpose Entity (SPE), and Nonprofit “Buy-a-Brick” models (U.S. Department of Energy, Guide to Community Solar, 2011). The three main types of meter configurations include: virtual net metering (across a number of noncontiguous properties), meter aggregation (for multiple meters such as farmers), and joint-billing for multiple customers.

North Carolina's PV Capacity is on the Rise

October 28, 2011 2:26 PM | Posted By: Miriam Makhyoun, Solar and Renewable Energy Industry Specialist

North Carolina ranks ninth in the U.S. for additional installed PV capacity and eleventh for cumulative installed PV capacity, according to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010 report.

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council publishes the report each year. North Carolina ranked above Texas on the 2010 list. California came in first followed by New Jersey, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Florida. All of the top 10 states made the list, the report said, because of their state renewable portfolio or financial incentive programs.