North Carolina Solar Center http://wunc.org en NC GreenPower Celebrates 10 Years Of Increasing Access To Renewable Energy http://wunc.org/post/nc-greenpower-celebrates-10-years-increasing-access-renewable-energy <p></p><p>Renewable energy generators have channeled hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours into the North Carolina power grid. That's since the NC GreenPower program was founded 10 years ago.</p><p>The initiative collects donations from companies, citizens and utility customers to buy renewable energy and diversify the state's power grid.</p><p></p><p>NC Solar Center Director Steve Kalland is on the board for NC GreenPower. He said the program has also helped utilities warm up to renewable power providers.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:35:40 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 29563 at http://wunc.org NC GreenPower Celebrates 10 Years Of Increasing Access To Renewable Energy NC Solar Center Can Now Certify Systems For Tax Breaks http://wunc.org/post/nc-solar-center-can-now-certify-systems-tax-breaks <p></p><p>The North Carolina Solar Center has become the fifth lab in the country approved to test solar hot water panels to the market standard.</p><p></p><p>The federal government requires home solar water heating systems to have Solar Rating and Certification Corporation—or SRCC—certification in order to be eligible for a 30-percent tax credit.</p><p></p><p>The Center has also been recently accredited to test efficiency and calibrate panels according to international standards.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:15:11 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28053 at http://wunc.org NC Solar Center Can Now Certify Systems For Tax Breaks "Solarize Raleigh" Could Make Solar Power More Affordable http://wunc.org/post/solarize-raleigh-could-make-solar-power-more-affordable <p>Raleigh might soon have a group-purchasing program that would make it cheaper for residents to install solar panels on their homes. North Carolina Solar Center Director Steve Kalland&nbsp; says solar power is popular among state utilities. They save money buying the costly technology in bulk. Kalland says homeowners are also interested in using cheaper, greener energy.<br /><br />"The opportunity to do this has been somewhat constrained in North Carolina because the cost of these smaller-scale projects is somewhat higher than the large-scale projects," Kalland says.<br /> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26239 at http://wunc.org "Solarize Raleigh" Could Make Solar Power More Affordable Solar Energy Forums Shine Light On Permitting Process http://wunc.org/post/solar-energy-forums-shine-light-permitting-process <p></p><p>North Carolina’s solar energy industry has garnered much success in recent years – from solar panels to solar farms.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:10:57 +0000 Leoneda Inge 16314 at http://wunc.org Solar Energy Forums Shine Light On Permitting Process NC Taskforce Prepares Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan http://wunc.org/post/nc-taskforce-prepares-plug-electric-vehicle-readiness-plan <p>A new readiness plan aims to help the state of North Carolina prepare for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles on the road in the next decade.&nbsp; The state’s first Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) readiness plan was created through the 'NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea (M2S).'&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:21:55 +0000 Leoneda Inge 10871 at http://wunc.org NC Taskforce Prepares Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan Solar Conference Comes to Raleigh http://wunc.org/post/solar-conference-comes-raleigh <p></p><p>Experts on solar energy are converging in Raleigh today for a conference designed to help expand the development of new technology. Siemens Industry is partnering with the <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu/about.php" target="_blank">North Carolina Solar Center</a></span> for "Solar Exchange East" at North Carolina State University. Stephen Kalland is Executive Director for the North Carolina Solar Center. He says the conference will cover a number of issues.<br> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:15:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 7431 at http://wunc.org Solar Conference Comes to Raleigh