Archive for November, 2013

North Carolina Solar Center Announces “Solarize Raleigh” Project

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

Raleigh, N.C. – Following its endorsement by the Raleigh City Council, the North Carolina Solar Center at N.C. State University, is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop and execute “Solarize Raleigh,” a solar group purchase program for the City of Raleigh.

The N.C. Solar Center has received funding for Solarize Raleigh through its ongoing efforts as a partner in the Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), a 5-year, $10 million research and outreach grant spread across nearly a dozen partner organizations that began in 2010. Solarize programs, which have been successful in Boston, Portland and Asheville, help residents to “go solar” by tapping into volume discounts associated with purchasing solar as a member of a large group.

“Solar group purchasing programs make solar energy more affordable for everyone without any additional government or utility incentives beyond what already exists today,” said Steve Kalland, executive director of the N.C. Solar Center. “These programs are a clear win-win for cities in North Carolina and around the country, and we applaud the City of Raleigh for continuing its strong tradition of leadership in municipal sustainability by entering into this partnership.”

In the weeks and months to come, the N.C. Solar Center will select a solar PV installation company that can offer volume discounts on solar, and collaborate with the City of Raleigh and other key partners in marketing the program to Raleigh citizens. The Center will also host the website for Solarize Raleigh, which will be available before the end of 2013.

For more information about the program or about participation in the program as an installer or a customer, please contact Jim Kennerly of the N.C. Solar Center (jdkenne2@ncsu.edu) or Robert Hinson of the City of Raleigh (Robert.Hinson@raleighnc.gov).

For more information about the Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, please visit www.solaroutreach.org.

 

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 about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

 

Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project Funding Announced

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by shannon No Comments
Over $1,700,000 awarded for transportation-related emission reductions

 

Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University has announced the results of its 2013 call for projects under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. This $6.2 million initiative is supported through federal funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT).  The N.C. Solar Center anticipates conducting another request for proposal process in early 2014.

Over 30 technology project proposals, requesting over $3.75 million, were submitted to the N.C. Solar Center for consideration. With this announcement, over $1.725 million in federal funding is being awarded for eighteen projects to a variety of public and private organizations. The diverse range of awards include seven projects that involve electric vehicle charging stations, four compressed natural gas (CNG) and four propane (LPG) projects, two projects involving on-board vehicle idle reduction and telematics technology,  one project with three biodiesel refueling infrastructure sites, and a clean diesel locomotive project. In all, over 275 vehicles will be outfitted with alternative fuel or advanced technology for fuel savings and reduced emissions, and 21 electric vehicle recharging stations will be installed along with six alternative fuel refueling stations including stations dispensing biodiesel, CNG, and LPG. Taken as a whole, the projects will remove nearly 60 metric tons of pollutants annually from the air in counties not meeting air quality standards.

This is the fourth round of DOT funding available through the CFAT project. From 2006-2012 nearly $2.2 million was distributed for 47 projects to a variety of entities. The CFAT project, funded by federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, operates in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality problem.

Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80% of the project cost. “We are pleased that the eighteen awardees are collectively providing almost 60% of total project costs, thereby helping stretch federal dollars to provide more air quality benefits,”  said Anne Tazewell, Transportation Program Manager at the N.C. Solar Center. The projects will reduce transportation-related emissions within 15 of the 24 eligible NC counties. For education and outreach regarding alternative fuel and fuel conservation technologies and policies, the N.C. Solar Center has partnered with Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. 

A full list of awardees can be found by clicking here.

 

About the N.C. 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 about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Webinar on “Solarize Asheville” & the Potential for Solarize Programs in NC

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

Are you interested in learning more about low- or no-cost ways to encourage solar development in your community?

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI USA and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) will host a webinar tailored for municipalities in North Carolina on Solarize programs on November 20, 2013. Solarize programs are designed to help a large group of customers band together to demand discounts on solar PV systems.

This webinar will present a case study on how Asheville is currently creating its own Solarize program and provide an open dialogue discussing how other cities can implement their own Solarize campaigns. Those involved in the implementation of the Asheville Solarize program will be available for questions and answers.

Staff from the NC Solar Center, a SolarOPs partner organization, will also be on the call to discuss the potential for additional Solarize technical assistance opportunities in North Carolina.

 

Solar Programs: North Carolina
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

 

Registration Link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/118610318

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Making Energy Work Annual Conference Draws Experts to Raleigh

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by shannon No Comments

Conference to explore the accelerating evolution of clean energy markets and policy

RALEIGH, N.C.This year the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s annual conference, Making, will draw attendees from across the state, the region and the country to the Raleigh Convention Center on November 5th and 6th, 2013 to provide insight into the latest information, solutions and technologies impacting renewable energy and energy efficiency. Participants at the conference include a diverse collection of public and private sector energy leaders fueling the success of North Carolina’s clean energy economy. Featured speakers include Sharon Allred Decker, Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce; John Skvarla, Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Dr. Branko Terzic, Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions; Paul Newton, President of Duke Energy’s utility operations in North Carolina; and Michael Terrell, Senior Policy Counsel for Energy and Sustainability at Google among others. The conference is intended to provide a forum within which experts and interested parties can join together to explore the most pressing energy needs and opportunities of the day. Given the substantial growth and change that has marked the clean energy sector this past year and which will continue into the years to come, the theme of Making Energy Work 2013 is “Welcome to the Evolution.”

What:              NC Sustainable Energy Association’s Making Energy Work 2013 annual conference

When:             Tuesday November 5, 2013 – Wednesday November 6, 2013
Full agenda with times available on the conference website

Where:            Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Who:               The NC Sustainable Energy Association and representatives from clean energy businesses, utilities, law firms, banks and investment firms, renewable energy and energy efficiency advocates, economic development organizations, and state and local government officials
For more information about this event including a list of speakers, please visit the Making Energy Work conference website.

 

The NC Solar Center is a proud sponsor of the Making Energy Work conference! Please visit out booth #30 while at the event. Our staff will also be attending the event to stay up-to-date on the latest in North Carolina’s clean energy industry.