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).
North Carolina’s economy continues to recover from the recession with our unemployment rate above the national rate. However, the good news is that several sectors, including clean energy, are hiring employees, expanding their businesses, and pumping millions into local economies in every region of our state. These and other important economic findings are detailed in the newly released 2012 North Carolina Clean Energy Industries Census. Retaining and creating jobs and fostering new economic development opportunities must continue to be a top priority for all North Carolinians, especially businesses and policymakers – and the clean energy sector holds great promise and opportunities if we maintain a balance of pro-business policies and regulations.
Click here to download the 2012 NC Clean Energy Industries Census.
Green power is electricity produced from renewable generation sources such as biogas, solar and wind turbines. These renewable energy sources are cleaner than traditional sources of electricity that produce carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas linked to global climate change. Green power purchases support the development of new, renewable energy capacity.
Lowe's was recognized for its voluntary purchase of green power for use at stores and warehouses in North and South Carolina, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. Lowe's purchases the green power in the form of electricity generated from biogas, solar, and wind resources from six different providers. Lowe's remains the largest purchaser of green power in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service area as well as North Carolina.
WASHINGTON, D.C– Sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) is making major strides in the world of “alternative investing,” according to a report prepared for the US SIF Foundation by the Center for Social Philanthropy at the Tellus Institute. The US SIF Foundation is affiliated with US SIF – The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.
According to the study, “Sustainability Trends in Alternative Investments in the United States,” $80.9 billion was invested in 375 alternative investment funds incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria at the outset of 2011, reflecting a 15.9-percent growth in combined assets since the beginning of 2010, when 346 alternative funds managed a combined total of $69.8 billion.
The alternative investment funds tracked in the report span the asset classes of private equity and venture capital funds, property investment funds and hedge funds, and they utilize a broad range of approaches to ESG criteria and themes.
PITTSBORO, N.C. — Miraverse Power and Light, Piedmont Biofuels, Southern Energy Management and Piedmont Biofarm have launched a "Solar Double Cropping" project in Pittsboro.
The companies had a ribbon cutting on Nov. 4 for the endeavor which consists of an elevated 92.16 kilowatt solar array that generates electricity above the north field of Piedmont Biofarm, while sustainable produce is harvested on the ground. The nine-foot clearance of the solar photovoltaic system is designed to grow crops that thrive in partial shade.
“Double Cropping is a term we borrowed from the wind industry,” said Lyle Estill, co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, and originator of the project. “We intend to demonstrate the ability to make electricity and grow food in the same space at the same time.”
A limited number of walk-in registrations will be available Wednesday, Nov. 9 for Making Energy Work 2011.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Admission costs $130 at the door. Discount prices do not apply. The NC Sustainable Energy Association's signature event starts at 8 a.m. This annual conference delivers unparalleled edcuational content, stimulating discussion and opportunities to network with and learn from top energy and economic experts.
On November 9, the NC Sustainable Energy Association will release its 2011 North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census detailing amongst other findings the number of jobs and businesses associated with our state’s clean energy sector. The Census and the annual report, now in its fourth year, is the only undertaking of its kind providing North Carolina businesses and industry stakeholders with the most comprehensive and up-to-date data. In 2010, the Census reported more than 12,500 jobs making it the third consecutive year that the clean energy sector experienced growth.
RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina’s leading clean energy conference is just around the corner – space is limited so attendees are encouraged to register today! The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) will hold its annual “Making Energy Work” conference on Wednesday, November 9th at the Raleigh Convention Center. The conference is well-known for delivering unparalleled educational content, stimulating discussions and debates, and great networking opportunities for a wide range of attendees including the “novice” to energy industry experts to policymakers – everyone involved with our rapidly-developing clean energy economy. For more information on the agenda and to register, please visit: http://energync.org/annualmeeting2011.
North Carolina is leading the Southeast in the emerging clean energy economy. Below is a small sampling of what's happening in NC. Click below on each link to learn more about these recent innovations, announcements and advancements:
In August of 2007, North Carolina because the first Southeastern state in the United States to adopt the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. In this, all investor- owned North Carolinian utilities are mandated to meet a minimum of 12.5 percent of their energy requirements via renewable energy resources and/or measures of energy efficiency. For rural electrical cooperatives, as well as municipal electric suppliers, the standard is only ten percent. Since the signing of the standard, North Carolina has taken great steps in becoming a leader in the cleantech industry, not just in the South but throughout the entire nation.
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