Solar Energy

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

Credit Mike Linksvayer / Flickr

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.
Credit Duke Energy

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.


Local News
4:10 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

City Cancels Airport Solar Farm

Charlotte-Douglas officials found installing solar panels in parking lots--like these used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service--could jeopardize tax-exempt bonds.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Flickr

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.


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Local News
2:08 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Duke Energy Looks To Almost Double NC Solar

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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.

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Business
9:32 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Rooftop Solar Boosters Worry Boom Will End If Duke Gets Its Way

Vivian Lord's solar panels take up a small section of the roof, abate 75 percent of her household's utility bill.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

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.


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Science & Environment
10:22 am
Mon January 27, 2014

How Duke Will Sell Renewable Energy To Large Customers

Solar panels, Google Headquarters
Credit elwetritsche / Flickr

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.


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Solar Energy
4:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte took home the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon People's Choice Award at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California on October 12, 2013.
Carol Anna/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte's solar house, UrbanEden, placed 13 out of 19th in the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif., that ended this past weekend, but the team went home with the People's Choice Award.

Team Austria won first place in the competition, the University of Nevada Las Vegas won second and the Czech Republic won third. 

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