RALEIGH, N.C. — Putting solar panels on your home could be a much simpler, one-day process if researchers at North Carolina State University can deliver on the promise of a new project.
On Friday, the U.S. Energy Department awarded NCSU a $9 million grant for development of solar power panels that can be purchased, installed and made operational in one day.
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WILMINGTON, N. C. – The future of wind energy in North Carolina and beyond is in the hands of Congress, as lawmakers decide whether to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, set to expire at the end of this year. It's estimated as many as 1,000 jobs could be lost in the state, and layoffs have already begun at a plant in Shelby that manufactures parts for wind turbines.
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For the first time, the NC Sierra Club has chosen to endorse a candidate running for a seat on North Carolina’s Supreme Court. Typically, the Sierra Club does not make endorsements in judicial races, but Judge Ervin’s distinguished record warrants making an exception in this case.
From The Independent - The North Carolina panel charged with preparing natural gas drilling regulations is already facing controversy. Last week, members of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission tapped Jim Womack, a Lee County commissioner and outspoken advocate of hydraulic fracturing, as chairman of the new board. Womack has supported fracking in the Lee County city of Sanford, thought to be the most likely place to find natural gas—although in unknown quantities—in North Carolina. He leads a board already drawing complaints that it is loaded with drilling industry leaders but contains only a handful of environmentalists.
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Durham startup Semprius on Wednesday marked the opening of its solar panel factory in Henderson, about 45 miles northeast of Raleigh, before an audience of more than 100 investors, customers, officials and employees. Gov. Bev Perdue was on hand, predicting that solar panels assembled here will be shipped to China bearing a “Made in the U.S.A” stamp.
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In an interview with WRAL on Monday, Lee County Commissioner Jim Womack, who was appointed to the commission by Senate leader Phil Berger, said he is the only candidate to chair the panel.
And he said a lot more: "I believe it's in the best interest of the state of North Carolina to open the door to horizontal drilling."
The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will hold its second meeting on Friday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building, located at 300 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.
At this meeting, the commission will elect a chairman and vice chairman for the full commission; the newly elected chairman will then appoint a chairman and vice chairman for the commission’s Mining Committee.
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September 19, 2012
NC Sierra Club Announces Endorsements for the 2012 General Election
Candidates with Strong Environmental Records Get Backing
Raleigh - Today the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club announced their endorsements for statewide races, as well as for candidates seeking a seat at the General Assembly. A total of 59 candidates got support from the NC Sierra Club, which has nearly 50,000 members and supporters across the state.
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The Cape Fear Group of the North Carolina Sierra Club today announced the endorsements of Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Rob Zapple in the 2012 election for New Hanover County Commissioner.
“We are confident that these candidates will work to create a sustainable future for New Hanover County that will bring well-paying jobs and stimulate the economy while protecting our air and water," said Cape Fear Group Chair Mac Montgomery.
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Wilmington, NC - Today the Cape Fear Group and the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club announced their endorsement of Deborah (Deb) Butler in the 2012 Election for State Senate District 9, representing New Hanover County.
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