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Clean Energy "Bible" Released for NC

June 23, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. - Keys to understanding North Carolina's "green" economy can be found in a 92-page book released this week by the NC Sustainable Energy Coalition (NCSEC). The guide lists major renewable energy projects around the state, as well as jobs and resources. More than 1,800 renewable energy projects already exist in North Carolina.

NCSEA spokesperson Julie Robinson explains why publishing this guide is so important.

"Now we really can see where North Carolina's strengths are. Before, the information on each of those areas was scattered among different state agencies."

The report highlights which geographic areas demonstrate strength in the development of renewable energies. According to the guide, rural areas show the most potential when it comes to the number of installed projects across all renewable energy technologies. In urban counties, solar energy systems are more abundant, with the majority of those projects found in the Research Triangle region of the state.

Two years ago, electrical contractor Bruce Angeloszek realized his business was slowing. He attended a conference sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society and found out that he already had 80 percent of the skills needed to install and service solar panels. Today he offers these services to clients, he says.

"Solar is the way to go, is the future. The electrical industry was slowly sinking, and the solar industry was coming up. A lot of people don't realize there are rebates and incentives."

This year, Duke Energy and Progress Energy opposed a bill that would have doubled the state's solar requirement. The companies also fought a bill that would have allowed independent solar producers to bypass the power grid and sell electricity directly to homeowners and businesses.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC