North Carolina Offshore Wind Gets Environmental Approval From Feds

UPDATE: This post was updated to reflect the addition of the Bald Head Island public information meeting on October 6. After a multi-year process of identifying where offshore wind farms might be developed off the coast of North Carolina, federal regulators have concluded that initial activities involved with site studies will have negligible environmental impacts. [...]

Solar Financing Paves the Way for Market Growth

In a new study recently published by Green Tech Media, it was reported that 72% of all residential solar installed in 2014 was the result of what the solar industry calls the third party ownership. Third party ownership includes lease models as well as power purchasing agreements (PPAs).  The solar industry has seen incredible growth [...]

North Carolina Legislators Need to Keep Feeling the Heat to Support Solar Energy

As another long legislative session drags on in North Carolina, once again the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) – which requires the state’s investor-owned utilities to meet up to 12.5% of their energy needs through renewable energy or energy efficiency – is under attack. Two bills with provisions to freeze the [...]

First in Flight North Carolina Gets First Wind Farm

While the Amazon Wind Farm US East isn’t the first wind farm in the South (as many, many news reports incorrectly stated), it certainly is the largest. In 2004, the wind development company Invenergy constructed the Buffalo Mountain wind farm near Oliver Springs, Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased power from the Buffalo Mountain wind farm for over a decade. The Buffalo Mountain wind farm is made up of 13 wind turbines with a total capacity of 27 megawatts; meanwhile, the new Amazon Wind Farm US East will contain 102 wind turbines with a total capacity of 208 megawatts, with an option to add another 50 turbines (100 megawatts).

Citizens slam Duke for coal ash pollution at shareholder meeting

On May 7, Duke held its annual shareholder meeting outside its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Like most publicly-traded corporations, Duke tried to put on a “dog and pony show” to excite investors and financial media about the prospects for Duke’s future. Instead, Duke’s CEO Lynn Good was interrupted by vocal protests and forced again [...]

Southeast Utility-Scale Solar: Cost-Effective for Customers

The Southeast is seeing a growing trend towards major utility-scale solar PPAs in the past few years. These deals are great for customers, because the prices are so low that they are helping utilities lock in cost savings over the long term. They are great for the utilities, because solar power is a reliable source [...]

Wind Power Set to Take Flight in North Carolina

Although North Carolina has yet to develop a wind farm, the state is set to take flight with wind power. In 2011, Iberdrola Renewables proposed a 300 megawatt wind farm in northeastern North Carolina. Similarly in 2011, Invenergy also proposed a 300 megawatt project in a similar part of the state, and a separate 80 megawatt project near Pantego. In 2012, another wind project was proposed, but this time in Pamlico County. In 2013, Torch Renewable Energy Incorporated announced a plan to develop a wind farm near Mill Pond. Meanwhile, North Carolina has some of the best offshore wind energy resources in the country. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management may begin leasing tracts offshore for potential wind farm site assessment and planning as soon as next year.

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with ‘cynical’ anti-solar campaign

This post, written by Sue Sturgis of the Institute for Southern Studies, was originally posted on the Facing South blog here. A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American community leaders as part of its campaign against rooftop solar. Rev. Nelson [...]

Driving on Sunshine: Get Charged Up in Asheville!

As part of SACE’s ongoing commitment and efforts to demonstrate clean energy technology, we have now installed a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station at our Asheville office. The unit is a GE Durastation dual cord EV charger installed in partnership with Brightfield Transportation Solutions.  The level 2 charging station is capable of charging a vehicle [...]

Sign Up Today to Protect Our Coast from Offshore Drilling

Today, registration officially opens for the 6th annual Hands Across the Sand, taking place this year on Saturday, May 16. Hands Across the Sand is the annual grassroots day of action in which communities all around the globe gather at a local beach or other treasured place and join hands to protect these treasured places [...]