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SB166 Puts North Carolinians’ Safety and Energy Savings on the Chopping Block 

Jun 12, 2024

Some of North Carolina’s largest housing developers are once again pushing the General Assembly to weaken building codes and roll back fire safety measures, all while trying to boost the building industry’s influence on the state’s appointed Building Code Council.  State legislators created the NC Building Code Council (NCBCC) in 1933 and authorized it to,…

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Advancing Consumer Protection within North Carolina’s Solar Industry 

May 7, 2024

The Importance of Protecting Residential Solar Consumers  Over the past few years, North Carolina has witnessed a rapid expansion in the solar industry. While utility-scale solar comprises most of the state’s installed capacity, 95% of the total number of installed systems are residential. Given the development of this market segment, it is vital that consumers…

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PowerPair Program Approved by NC Utilities Commission

Apr 24, 2024

New residential solar and battery storage incentive program approved in January, takes effect in May.  On January 11, the NC Utilities Commission approved a landmark pilot program called ‘PowerPair’ designed to lower the costs of new solar and battery storage systems for residential customers in Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress utility territories across…

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Riza Jenkins: Empowering an Equitable Clean Energy Transition 

Mar 25, 2024

We recently had the chance to chat with Riza Jenkins, NCSEA’s newly appointed board chair and the first Black woman to hold this position on the board. As Principal at her company The Azir Group and Vice President of Asset Management at PurEnergy, Riza has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to business development…

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More Than 80% of North Carolina Clean Energy Adopters Experience Significant Reductions in Energy Bills 

Feb 8, 2024

With information on clean energy ownership coming from such a broad range of sources, it can be difficult to determine the actual economic benefits of purchasing a solar system, an electric vehicle (EV), or another clean energy technology for your home. However, there is increasing evidence indicating the value of clean energy, including data from…

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NCSEA Statement on Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan Supplemental Planning Analysis

Feb 5, 2024

RALEIGH, N.C. – On January 31, Duke Energy filed a Verified Amended Petition for Approval of 2023-2024 Carbon Plan and Integrated Resource Plans and Supplemental Planning Analysis in the Carbon Plan/Integrated Resource Plan docket to adjust for the company’s increased load forecast. The filing sets out Duke’s plans to add a variety of generation resources…

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NCSEA Statement on Changes to Non-Residential Solar Net Metering

Jan 8, 2024

RALEIGH, N.C. – In December, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued an order in the Duke Energy Carolinas rate case, which approved the utility’s proposed changes to non-residential solar compensation. The changes to these solar rates will greatly affect the economics of solar investments by small businesses and local governments and closely resemble the changes approved…

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Response to Duke Energy’s Proposed Combined Carbon Plan and Integrated Resources Plan (CPIRP)

Dec 5, 2023

Background on the Carbon Plan  In 2021, leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor reached a bipartisan agreement to establish the first carbon reduction mandates for a state in the Southeast. This agreement was enacted into law as House Bill 951: Energy Solutions for North Carolina (HB 951). It requires Duke Energy (Duke) to…

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Clean Energy Contributes Billions to North Carolina’s Economy 

Oct 6, 2023

Did you know that North Carolina experienced $1.2 billion in renewable energy investment in 2022, which is 41 times the $29.8 million of investment seen in 2007? Throughout the state, there is evidence of the clean energy transition everywhere you look. From the widespread growth of utility-scale solar, to the ongoing buildout of electric vehicle…

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NC Utilities Commission Approves Innovative, Inclusive Energy Efficiency Program

Sep 29, 2023

NCSEA celebrates the recent news that the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) issued an order approving the statewide rollout of an innovative energy efficiency program that will help homes receive much-needed upgrades at low-to-no upfront costs and see monthly net savings on their utility bills. We commend the NCUC for its decision that we expect will…

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Reflecting On Our Collective Achievements

Aug 30, 2023

After several months of planning, in July we announced that I was stepping down from the role of Executive Director here at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). It has been an honor to work with the team at NCSEA, the board, and all of our members and partners over the last seven years,…

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Habitat for Humanity Stays in the Habit of Energy Efficiency

Aug 25, 2023

This blog was collaboratively authored by Sydney Fox and Jessica Reid.    Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization known for building and retrofitting homes for income-qualified families in need. With a primary focus on new affordable home construction and home preservation, the organization is committed to building a sustainable and equitable future for communities.…

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A Legacy Gift Leads to Solar at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

Aug 24, 2023

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) recently received a generous donation to pay for a solar installation at its Transformation Village for homeless women and children. The donation allows the ministry to save about $3,000 per month on its energy bills and put that money toward other initiatives to help people recover from homelessness. ABCCM…

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Key Legislation and Regulation Driving Clean Energy in North Carolina 

Aug 21, 2023

North Carolina has been a national leader with continued room for growth in the clean energy transition as #4 in installed solar capacity and #2 in offshore wind net technical energy potential in the United States. Some policies have been key to the state’s progress in taking advantage of clean energy resources and the economic…

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Member Feature: Enel X Way Takes Charge of a Clean Transportation Future

Jul 27, 2023

This blog was coauthored by NCSEA and Enel X Way. Enel X Way is a subsidiary company of Fortune 200 renewable energy leader, the Enel Group, and is dedicated to electric mobility. Enel X Way, an NCSEA member, operates in 16 countries and manages over 500,000 public and private charging ports worldwide. Learn how they are transforming…

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Upcoming Events

RE+ 24

RE+ celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2024! RE+ 24 brings the modern energy industry together to foster a cleaner future and marks its 20th year as the largest and most comprehensive event in North America for the clean energy industry. This conference is developed by the nation’s leading clean energy organizations, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Attendees will…

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Electrify Asheville-Buncombe ElectriFair

The ElectriFair is a free and fun one-day event for people interested in home electrification. Participants will explore electric technologies, learn more about incentives that lower their costs, connect with local contractors, and celebrate energy efficiency.

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RTCC Cleantech Spotlight: Leveraging Virtual Power Plants for Grid Flexibility and Reliability

Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association as we dive into what VPPs are, funding opportunities, and how they can play into the energy transition. This event will highlight how consumers can actively participate in and benefit from VPPs and identify opportunities for collaboration in energy management practices. Attendees…

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Making Energy Work Conference 2024

For more information visit: https://www.makingenergywork.com. NCSEA Members must be logged in using the member portal to view and receive their member discount.  

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NABCEP CE Conference 24

The advanced-level content presented at the annual NABCEP CE Conference is geared toward PV industry professionals who have experience with PV installation, solar + storage, technical sales, design, O&M, or system inspection.  This is the only industry event that allows NABCEP Board Certified Professionals to obtain as many as 20.5 hours of continuing education units…

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Clean Energy in the Mountains 2024

Clean Energy in the Mountains: Unlocking Customer Pathways to Create a Carbon-Free Future Description: For some time now, North Carolina has been a national clean energy leader, at one point reaching #2 in installed solar. That growth is slowing down as we face  challenges related to interconnection, transmission, and utility procurement of generation technologies. On…

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North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) works to enable clean energy jobs, economic opportunities, and affordable energy options for North Carolinians.

Each and every day, we work toward a vision of a North Carolina where the benefits of clean energy, including economic development opportunities, more affordable consumer bills, job growth, market exports, local tax based expansion, and an improved quality of life, are bountiful for all North Carolinians. NCSEA works with its members and partners to transform our state and region's energy system through market innovation and policy advocacy primarily in ten clean energy technology sectors: alternative fuel vehicles (primarily electric vehicles), biogas, energy efficiency, energy storage, geothermal, hydropower/marine, smart grid, solar, and wind.

In 2023 NCSEA ...

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sent 12 member newsletters
average open rate 45%

made 39 filings at the NCUC with 544 pages

shared +100 clean energy jobs

held 22 member calls

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