Archive for October 29th, 2013

Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) Launched at NC Solar Center / NC State University

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Regional partnership will provide technical assistance on CHP for end-users and other stakeholders, including communities

Raleigh, NC – This week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of seven regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships  (CHP TAPs) to support businesses and communities in understanding the benefits of developing CHP. The CHP TAPs support DOE in leading the regional and state deployment of CHP technologies to address “a number of our national priorities including improving the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions, enhancing our energy infrastructure, improving energy security and growing our economy.” [1]One of these regional partnerships, the Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, is located at the North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University.  The Southeast CHP TAP will offer information on best practices for CHP project financing, management and state policies, market analysis tools and resources and technical site evaluations.

CHP is a significant resource that many industries and institutions in the Southeast U.S. already use to efficiently generate onsite power and thermal energy.  By lowering energy consumption and improving the bottom line, CHP strengthens manufacturing competitiveness while reducing harmful emissions.

CHP technologies can also help strengthen energy infrastructure by providing sites and communities the capability to maintain power during severe weather events.  Several sites in the Southeast in the hospital sector, including Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville, Florida and Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, have CHP systems that have helped them continue their services during hurricane events, including Hurricane Katrina.

Recognizing the value of CHP, President Obama issued an Executive Order in 2012, establishing a national goal of developing 40 gigawatts of new CHP capacity by 2020 – a 50 percent increase from what is installed today.  The Southeast CHP TAP is supporting this national goal.

The Southeast U.S. has a significant amount of potential CHP to be developed, and the Southeast CHP TAP’s services are directed at identifying cost-effective CHP installations and assisting in developing the market for them.   The Southeast region covers the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
For further information on the Southeast CHP TAP, visit www.southeastCHPTAP.org.

 

See Additional information on the Energy Department’s broader efforts on CHP at www.energy.gov/articles/fact-sheet-energy-department-actions-deploy-combined-heat-and-power-boost-industrial

 

Contact:

Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, slhelm@ncsu.edu

Isaac Panzarella, 919-515-0354, ipanzarella@ncsu.edu


[1] Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy Solution. August 2012. US DOE and US EPA.

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

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

 

RALEIGH – The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and the NC Solar Center hosted a final working group meeting on October 28, 2013 that was part of a months-long process to guide the creation of a template ordinance for solar energy projects. The template ordinance addresses some of the most common considerations that arise in the permitting of solar energy facilities. It is intended to offer a path that could facilitate solar project development for companies and landowners while simultaneously creating a framework for local governments to ensure the safeguarding of local values and interests.

At the final working group meeting solar industry representatives, legal experts, developers, local and state government officials and other stakeholders sought ways to address and incorporate the latest comments received on the template ordinance draft. Some of those comments came out of the fifth and final regional public forum that NCSEA and the Solar Center held in Charlotte, NC on October 18, 2013 to spur discussion on the topic and solicit feedback on the current draft. Through the public forums and the working group sessions, NCSEA and the Solar Center encouraged participants to identify and put forward information on solar project permitting and development that can serve as useful guidance for parties dealing with these issues, but they stopped short of proposing that the resulting template ordinance be taken as a prescriptive approach.

“The template is solely a guideline for local governments that wish to design a solar ordinance and need a model that is uniquely relevant to the state,” said Michael Fucci, Regulatory and Market Analyst for NCSEA. “The industry is assisted because companies could rely on the template in jurisdictions where a lack of understanding of how to regulate solar development could otherwise create a significant barrier to entry.

“Even before the draft template has been completed we have already seen demand for it from cities and counties developing their own solar ordinances,” noted Tommy Cleveland, Renewable Energy Project Coordinator for the NC Solar Center. “This is an early indication of the demand for a model ordinance. We hope and expect that there will be significant use of this first-of-its kind template in NC, and perhaps also in surrounding states, once the final version is published.”

The final version is expected to be published before the end of the year.

 

About the North Carolina Solar Center:
The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

About the NC Sustainable Energy Association:
Founded in 1978, the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, government and non-profits working to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development. Learn more at www.energync.org

 

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For Immediate Release – October 29, 2013
Contact: Lowell Sachs, lowell@energync.org, 919-832-7601 Ext.117
Shannon Helm, Shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, 919-423-8340