Solar Energy http://wfae.org en NC Utilities And Solar Developers Argue Over Price http://wfae.org/post/nc-utilities-and-solar-developers-argue-over-price <p>Electric utilities and renewable energy developers are facing off this week in front of the North Carolina utilities commission over the price of renewable energy, and how much companies like Duke Energy should have to pay for it. The dispute has drawn in both national environmental organizations and Google.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:57:14 +0000 Ben Bradford 54414 at http://wfae.org New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again http://wfae.org/post/new-solar-projects-fall-set-rise-probably-dip-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina fell a bit in the most recent rankings of solar energy production across the nation but despite the dip, the solar landscape still looks strong, at least this year.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:09:27 +0000 Ben Bradford 52907 at http://wfae.org New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again Duke Energy Ranks Top 10 In Solar Generation, Twice http://wfae.org/post/duke-energy-ranks-top-10-solar-generation-twice <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duke Energy’s Carolina utilities are top 10 in the nation for generating solar power, according to a new report released Monday.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 49912 at http://wfae.org Duke Energy Ranks Top 10 In Solar Generation, Twice UNC Charlotte Will Update Engineering Courses With DOE Funding http://wfae.org/post/unc-charlotte-will-update-engineering-courses-doe-funding <p>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte is getting money from the U.S. Department of Energy to update its engineering program in an effort to help modernize the power grid.</span></p><p>The five-year project is in collaboration with three other universities.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:56:20 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 47451 at http://wfae.org UNC Charlotte Will Update Engineering Courses With DOE Funding WFAE Talks Steve Smith (and a purple nurple), A Higher Ed. Dilemma For Some Immigrants, Solar Energy http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-steve-smith-and-purple-nurple-higher-ed-dilemma-some-immigrants-solar-energy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week's show includes archival tape that involves Steve Smith and former Panthers backup quarterback Josh </span>McCown<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Greg and Ben also debate the Panthers' decision to cut Smith.</span></p><p>In more important matters, Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the challenges that some immigrants have in paying for college, and why a solar energy idea was shelved.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:44:22 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 46956 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Steve Smith (and a purple nurple), A Higher Ed. Dilemma For Some Immigrants, Solar Energy City Cancels Airport Solar Farm http://wfae.org/post/city-cancels-airport-solar-farm <p>The City of Charlotte has canceled its plan for an ambitious solar power project at Charlotte-Douglas airport, at least for now. Airport officials say new construction and old bonds make the project unfeasible.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:10:29 +0000 Ben Bradford 46704 at http://wfae.org City Cancels Airport Solar Farm Duke Energy Looks To Almost Double NC Solar http://wfae.org/post/duke-energy-looks-almost-double-nc-solar <p>Duke Energy plans to almost double the amount of solar energy its North Carolina utilities use by the end of next year. The utility has about 350 megawatts of solar in the state right now, the size of a small natural gas or coal plant.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:08:10 +0000 Ben Bradford 45093 at http://wfae.org Duke Energy Looks To Almost Double NC Solar Rooftop Solar Boosters Worry Boom Will End If Duke Gets Its Way http://wfae.org/post/rooftop-solar-boosters-worry-boom-will-end-if-duke-gets-its-way <p>Americans installed solar panels at their homes last year at a record pace, and backers of rooftop solar picture a not-too-distant future, where entire neighborhoods power themselves with the sun’s rays. For now, users and the industry rely on generous tax incentives and special agreements with electric utilities to reach affordability. Duke Energy wants to reduce how much it pays customers for the energy they produce. Rooftop solar advocates call it an attack on a burgeoning industry, while the utility says it is about cost.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:32:56 +0000 Ben Bradford 44306 at http://wfae.org Rooftop Solar Boosters Worry Boom Will End If Duke Gets Its Way How Duke Will Sell Renewable Energy To Large Customers http://wfae.org/post/how-duke-will-sell-renewable-energy-large-customers <p>Duke Energy is in discussion with large companies, including Google and Facebook, to use renewable energy to power new electricity needs in North Carolina. Companies can pay a premium and Duke will pour energy of the companies’ choice—solar or wind, for instance—into the grid to match the amount of power used. The new program sailed through the state utilities commission last month, but some environmental organizations question its potential. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to explain.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:22:11 +0000 Ben Bradford 43799 at http://wfae.org How Duke Will Sell Renewable Energy To Large Customers UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon http://wfae.org/post/unc-charlotte-places-13th-solar-decathlon <p>UNC Charlotte&#39;s solar house, <a href="http://urbaneden.uncc.edu/" target="_blank">UrbanEden</a>, placed <a href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/scores.html" target="_blank">13 out of 19th</a>&nbsp;in the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif., that ended this past weekend, but the team went home with the People&#39;s Choice Award.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Team Austria won first place in the competition, the University of Nevada Las Vegas won second and the Czech Republic won third.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:30:55 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 37243 at http://wfae.org UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon