North Carolina Solar Center

Health
8:47 am
Mon June 16, 2014

State Develops Online EMS Training For Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies

North Carolina first responders will soon be able to train online for how to handle crashes involving alternative fuel cars. Biofuel and electric cars have different tank and power precautions.
Credit David Dodge / Green Energy Futures via Creative Commons

As more alternative fuel vehicles take to the roadways, North Carolina is working to prepare first responders how to react when they're part of an emergency.

The NC Solar Center has worked with the State Fire Marshall's office to develop a workshop for emergency services personnel in the Triangle. Soon, responders in other parts of the state will be able to complete the training online. They'll learn to identify gas, biofuel and battery-operated vehicles.

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Business & Economy
8:35 am
Mon January 27, 2014

NC GreenPower Celebrates 10 Years Of Increasing Access To Renewable Energy

Over the past 10 years, NC Green Power has used donations to increase the amount of renewable energy in the state's power grid.
Credit NCSU/CSE

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.

The initiative collects donations from companies, citizens and utility customers to buy renewable energy and diversify the state's power grid.

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. 

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Solar Center
8:15 am
Fri December 27, 2013

NC Solar Center Can Now Certify Systems For Tax Breaks

The NC Solar Center can now test manufactured solar panels according to international quality standards, and can offer SRCC certification.
Credit Marc Hall / North Carolina State University

The North Carolina Solar Center has become the fifth lab in the country approved to test solar hot water panels to the market standard.

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.

The Center has also been recently accredited to test efficiency and calibrate panels according to international standards.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

"Solarize Raleigh" Could Make Solar Power More Affordable

Credit Marc Hall / North Carolina State University

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  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.

"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.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Solar Energy Forums Shine Light On Permitting Process

A Duke Energy/Progress Energy solar farm.
Credit Duke Energy/Progress Energy

North Carolina’s solar energy industry has garnered much success in recent years – from solar panels to solar farms. 

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Environment
6:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NC Taskforce Prepares Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

The 'Chevy Volt' is one of the more popular 'Plug-in' electric vehicles in North Carolina.
Credit Leoneda Inge

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.  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).' 

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Environment
6:15 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Solar Conference Comes to Raleigh

North Carolina Solar Center

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 North Carolina Solar Center 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.

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