North Carolina’s economic leaders, and some politicians, know the next fourteen years are crucial. This is already America’s #3 solar state, with 1.93 GW of installed capacity.1 The area surrounding Raleigh has earned the nickname “Silicon Valley of smart grid.“This state is making impressive strides with their intelligent and high performance buildings, bioenergy, and wind energy. Yet Government has not taken a comprehensive look at its’ energy economy and energy policies for about a decade. So this year’s North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) conference focuses on how North Carolina will make energy work by 2030. Continue reading How North Carolina Will Make Energy Work By 2030→
At least 2,015 North Carolinian homes and buildings have taken out permits to use vertical closed loop geothermal systems. This is only one of several geothermal technologies used for heating and cooling purposes, and over 10,500 units have claimed the NC Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit. Despite its’ high upfront cost, geothermal is far more efficient than conventional systems and a great deal less expensive in the long run. It is also a clean energy source, whose contribution to the state’s fight against greenhouse gas emissions appears to be overlooked. A new survey from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s (NCSEA), North Carolina’s Geothermal Industry: Uncovering Impact and Opportunities, discusses short sighted politics that threaten Geothermal GSHP (ground source heat pump).
Alec Guettel is back in North Carolina. It has been decades since he obtained his bachelor of arts in Political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Guettel and another of Sungevity’s executives are staying at the local Mariott, while they oversee the company’s entrance into the state. They will also be attending the NC Clean Tech Summit, where Geuttel will be one of the key people in a panel discussion on February 20, 2015. He took my call in his hotel room. In the course of our interview, Guettel said, “we have really positioned ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities.”
North Carolina is one of North America’s fastest growing markets for clean energy. The state’s clean tech sector grossed $4.8 billion in 2014 and, based on their previous experience, most companies expect to grow between 30% and 35% this year. Close to 3/4 of this money went to building efficiency and solar. According to Robin Aldina, Manager of Energy Research for the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), Clean energy is bringing jobs & revenue to North Carolina, ” increasing every year, outpacing other industries and regions.”