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Solar Freedom in Greensboro

NC WARN is partnering with Faith Community Church in Greensboro on a test case challenging Duke Energy’s blockade against competition from companies that install solar with little or no upfront cost. Learn more here and in the news items below.

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Solar-Church Test Case Filed at NC Supreme Court — NC WARN News Release

Today, attorneys for NC WARN filed a detailed appeal arguing that the nonprofit should be allowed to resume selling solar power to Greensboro’s Faith Community Church from a system installed on the roof of the church in 2015. Several national groups joined forces to support the solar sales by filing an amicus brief in the case.

Solar-Church Test Case Goes to State Supreme Court — News Release from NC WARN

A test case that goes to the heart of Duke Energy’s monopoly control over captive customers will be decided by the NC Supreme Court. Climate justice nonprofit NC WARN today filed with the high court an appeal of the case, which began in June 2015 when the group began selling solar power to the Faith Community Church in Greensboro from a system installed on the roof of the church. Greensboro church headed to N.C. Supreme Court over solar panels - Winston-Salem Journal

Court of Appeals Rules for Duke Energy in Solar-Church Test Case – News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is strongly considering an appeal to the NC Supreme Court, and Judge Dillon’s extensive and powerful dissent guarantees our right to do so.  Judge Dillon cited the federal constitution and multiple NC Supreme Court decisions regarding private property rights, and explained that the Greensboro test case does not make NC WARN a “public utility” as claimed by Duke Energy and the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC).

Duke Energy, NC WARN in power struggle over the right to sell solar energy — NC Policy Watch

Faith Community Church lies over the railroad tracks south of downtown Greensboro, an area with few trees to shade it from the sun. That makes for a hot walk in the summertime, but the neighborhood, and specifically, the 11,839-square-foot church and community center, is an ideal place for NC WARN to install a solar energy system on a roof.

Court of Appeals hears arguments on nonprofit that is selling solar energy to Greensboro church — News & Record

A North Carolina advocacy group argued before the N.C. Court of Appeals Thursday that it should be allowed to sell solar energy to a church in Greensboro. The court allowed oral arguments to be offered after the N.C. Utilities Commission banned NC WARN, an advocacy group, from selling energy to Faith Community Church.

Durham nonprofit asks NC court to break Duke Energy’s power monopoly — News & Observer

Durham environmental advocacy group NC WARN is asking the state appeals court to break Duke Energy’s longstanding monopoly on electricity sales in the state by letting NC WARN resume selling solar-generated power directly to a Greensboro church.

Update on Solar-Church Test Case in NC Court of Appeals — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN today filed a brief with the NC Court of Appeals in the test case over our sales of solar power to the Faith Community Church in Greensboro. We’re calling on the Court to overturn an April 15 NC Utilities Commission order that sided with Duke Energy and granted the utility’s request to heavily penalize NC WARN for selling solar electricity.

How to fight the power company — Scalawag

In 2015, Duke Energy’s state-sanctioned monopoly in North Carolina faced a pair of very different challenges from two vastly different communities. In western North Carolina, thousands of people – mostly White, middle-class, with little organizing experience--turned out in droves to attack Duke Energy’s plans for their beloved mountains. Two hundred miles away in Greensboro, a Piedmont church – serving a mostly Black, low-income community with a history of activism and advocacy stretching back decades – simply put solar panels on its roof.

Court Appeal of Church-Solar Test Case Ruling & Penalty Underway — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is moving the test case over our selling solar power to a Greensboro church to the courts, where we seek to overturn the NC Utilities Commission’s pro-Duke Energy ruling and a truly odd penalty it levied against us.

NC WARN, Church Reply to Regulators in Solar Test Case — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN today filed a notice with the NC Utilities Commission replying to its April 15 order in the test case over our sales of solar power to the Faith Community Church in Greensboro.
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