Archive for June 18th, 2013

Forum on Solar Development & Siting in North Carolina: June 27 – Greensboro, NC

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

(Presented jointly by the NC Solar Center & the NC Sustainable Energy Association)

 

 

Join the NC Solar Center and the NC Sustainable Energy Association for the second in a series of five public forums designed specifically to spark critical information sharing on the technical, social, and environmental aspects of solar projects.

 

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Time: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:

Proximity Hotel
704 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408

Register today

 

 

Following this event, subsequent meetings are planned for the following locations:

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Venue
21 North Market St
Asheville, NC 28801

Register today

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Carolina Civic Center
315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC  28359

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Charlotte:  October (date & location coming soon)

 

North Carolina has experienced dynamic growth in solar photovoltaic system development; much of it in rural areas of North Carolina where jobs have been created and tax bases have grown.  Still, there is limited education for the general public, land owners, and local governments on facilitating this type of development in a way that harmonizes with local needs.  Though some towns and counties have already passed their own solar ordinances to provide a useful guide for the development of solar projects, many others have not. These areas can benefit greatly from an improved understanding of solar project basics.  Industry and extra-industry stakeholders can advance this goal and also serve to provide a template for the permitting of solar energy facilities.  We encourage your attendance at this dynamic and informative event.

 

Seating is Limited:  Register today

 

 Agenda  – Greensboro, NC


3:30 – 4:00 PM  Check-in/Registration
4:00 – 4:15 PM  Welcome/Introduction and Overview:
Miriam Makhyoun, NC Sustainable Energy Association
Tommy Cleveland, NC Solar Center
Michael Fucci, NC Sustainable Energy Association

4:15 – 5:00 PM   General Discussion:  Representatives from legal (Katherine Ross, Associate Attorney, Parker Poe), agriculture (Paul Sherman, Air & Energy Programs Director at North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation), planning community (Les Egers, Deputy Planning Director for the Guilford County Planning Commission and Dervin Spell, Planner and Deputy LDO Administrator for Granville County Development Services Planning Division), and government (Michael Brown, Property Valuation Specialist, NC Department of Revenue).

Moderated by Adam Lovelady of the UNC School of Government

 

5:00 – 5:20 PM   Break

5:20 – 5:30 PM   Presentation on Smaller-Scale Solar Permitting by Bob Kingery, Co-Founder & President, Southern Energy Management
5:30 – 6:30 PM   Solar Industry Panel: Donna Robichaud, President at QF Solutions LLC, Bob Kingery, Co-Founder & President, Southern Energy Management, Paul Brucke, Solar Project Manager at Black and Veatch, Lance Williams, Manager of Site Development at Strata Solar

Moderated by Miriam Makhyoun, NCSEA

 

6:30 -7:00 PM   Tour Proximity Hotel, NC Green LEED Platinum Luxury Hotel:


7:00 -7:45 PM   Networking:

Live text polling will take place throughout the event to inform the drafting of a template solar ordinance for North Carolina communities to adopt.

Seating is Limited:   Register today

Benefits of Attendance
  • Gain an understanding of local development and permitting processes.
  • Learn about stakeholder values regarding solar energy facilities and land use.
  • Learn how solar affects local communities.
  • Explore best practices for solar siting.
  • Network with energy leaders, consumers, planners and many others.
  • Participate in break-out session and panel discussion.
  • Inform the process of developing a template ordinance for solar energy facilities in North Carolina for local governments.
  • Hear from experienced individuals who own land and knowledgeable professionals from an array of backgrounds.

 

Attendee Profile
  • Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers
  • Local, State and Federal Government Officials and Staff
  • Clean Energy Business Owners and Employees
  • Planning Agencies, Energy Advisors and Consultants
  • Clean Energy Architects, Engineers and Construction Representatives
  • Community College and University Researchers
  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Customers
  • Clean Energy Technology Adopters, Site Owners and Managers
  • Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Clean Energy System Integrators
  • Start-up Entrepreneurs

For Sponsorship Information, contact kathleen@energync.org.

For General Information on public fora or the drafting of the template solar ordinance, contact:

Tommy Cleveland, PE
Solar Energy Engineer
North Carolina Solar Center
N.C. State University
919.515.9432 (office)
Tommy_Cleveland@ncsu.edu

or

Miriam Makhyoun
Clean Energy Industry Specialist,
NC Sustainable Energy Association
Office:  (919)-832-7601 x114
Miriam@energync.org

New tool compares fuel costs for electric & non-electric cars

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

A new tool on the US Department of Energy’s website allows users in each state to compare the price of power for an electric car to the cost of driving the same distance using gasoline. In North Carolina, a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel costs an average of $3.41. The equivalent amount of electricity costs about a third of that- an average of $1.02. That’s 12 cents less than the national average.
Patrick Davis with the Energy Department says the tool is designed to inform people about the actual costs of driving an electric vehicle.

“Consumers are very used to and comfortable with understanding what the price of gasoline means to them, we felt that they were less comfortable and knew less about what it costs to run an electric drive vehicle and this tool helps them do that,” Davis says.

Davis says the cost of electricity is more stable than gasoline prices, which can be affected by international events.

 

Written by WUNC/NC Public Radio