Solar Energy

Local News
6:41 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Power Companies Reach Rooftop Solar Agreement In SC

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Electric utilities and solar energy developers across the U.S. have clashed over how much the utilities should have to pay for the energy supplied to them by homeowners with solar panels. In South Carolina, the sides reached an agreement Friday and both are claiming a win.


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Local News
5:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Duke Energy Plans Major Solar Expansion In North Carolina

A Strata Solar project in Cleveland County. The company will sell a 65-megawatt project planned near Jacksonville, N.C. to Duke Energy.
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The nation’s largest power company will also be one of the largest solar providers. Duke Energy wrapped up six months of shopping for solar projects today, and announced it will increase its North Carolina capacity by more than a third. Despite the increase, solar remains a tiny fraction of overall generation.


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Local News
5:57 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Duke Projects Next 15 Years Of Power

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Every year, Duke Energy submits a plan to state regulators, showing how it will continue to supply power to the Carolinas over the next 15 years. It projects how the energy mix will change, what new power plants the company intends to build—how much will come from solar, wind, or coal. The most recent plan is out, and WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey for a quick survey of how Duke sees the energy landscape in 2029.


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Charlotte Talks
10:02 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Solar Power In North Carolina

Solar panels
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

North Carolina is a good state for sunshine, making it a good state for solar power generation. In fact, solar energy production has grown exponentially here because of generous tax credits, favorable state standards and rapidly decreasing technology costs. All that has made a virtually non-existent industry into one that is fourth in the nation. But some fear that the state utilities commission is putting all this at risk. 

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Local News
11:52 am
Thu July 24, 2014

NC Solar Industry In Jeopardy If Utilities Get Their Way

Sheep graze at Ararat Solar Farm in Mount Airy.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

In the span of five years, the solar industry in North Carolina has grown from nearly non-existent to fourth-largest in the nation, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. The pace is accelerating, with solar capacity set to more than double in the state, at least this year. The state’s powerful electric utilities are pushing changes that could blot out the industry in North Carolina.


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Local News
4:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

NC Utilities And Solar Developers Argue Over Price

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.

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Local News
9:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again

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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.


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Local News
6:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Duke Energy Ranks Top 10 In Solar Generation, Twice

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial subsidiary of the company (and not included in the rankings) owns a 20-megawatt solar farm in Dogwood, N.C.
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Duke Energy’s Carolina utilities are top 10 in the nation for generating solar power, according to a new report released Monday.

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Energy
4:56 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

UNC Charlotte Will Update Engineering Courses With DOE Funding

UNC Charlotte
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UNC 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.

The five-year project is in collaboration with three other universities.


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Podcast
2:44 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

WFAE Talks Steve Smith (and a purple nurple), A Higher Ed. Dilemma For Some Immigrants, Solar Energy

This week's show includes archival tape that involves Steve Smith and former Panthers backup quarterback Josh McCown. Greg and Ben also debate the Panthers' decision to cut Smith.

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.


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