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Clean Energy

Since 2002, NC WARN has persisted with Amory Lovins’ central message: Energy efficiency is the vital bridge to a renewable energy future. Now solar and wind technologies are rapidly being deployed — except in places such as North Carolina, where the power companies continue to impede their advance.


Sustainability is a top focus for Avid Solutions — Winston-Salem Journal

Jim Warren, the executive director of N.C. WARN, a nonprofit power-industry watchdog and clean-energy advocate, said Avid Solutions should be highly commended for its sustainability efforts. “What people might not realize is that that type of project helps the company in a lot of ways, but it helps the public at large by helping cut pollution, including green house emissions,” Warren said.

What Can Durham Do to Become Sun City? — IndyWeek

The Durham Community Land Trustees has been hip to the sun for about a decade now. But solar photovoltaic panels have always been too expensive. Last year, NC WARN put up $20,000 and raised another $22,000 from solar enthusiasts to purchase and install solar panels on a DCLT property in Durham's West End neighborhood.

Nearly 40% of US Electricity Could Come From Rooftop Solar — Greentech Media

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found that nearly 40 percent of electricity in the U.S. could come from rooftop solar photovoltaics, according to a new study. The total figure, 1,118 gigawatts, is nearly double the previous estimate of 664 gigawatts that NREL calculated in 2008. The increase is due mostly to increasing module power density, more granular data and a better grasp of building suitability for solar.

Rooftop solar energy surges in Orange County — Chapel Hill News

Between now and April 30, two of the biggest Solarize campaign organizers in North Carolina, NextClimate and NC WARN, are joining together to “Solarize the Triangle.” A solar system is a great hedge against increases in electricity rates, and provides tangible savings to those who otherwise may spend much of their limited income on electricity.

A closer look at the Repower Our Schools report and transitioning CMS to solar — Creative Loafing

Just weeks after the release of an extensive report detailing ways in which Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools could conceivably transition completely to solar energy over the coming decades, the path to making it happen remains unclear. [See links to Charlotte report and a similar one for Durham Public Schools.]

Wind, Sun and Fire — The New York Times

Last year was the hottest on record, by a wide margin, which should — but won’t — put an end to climate deniers’ claims that global warming has stopped. The truth is that climate change just keeps getting scarier; it is, by far, the most important policy issue facing America and the world. Still, this election wouldn’t have much bearing on the issue if there were no prospect of effective action against the looming catastrophe.

Rapid, affordable energy transformation possible — NOAA

The United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

Sharing Solar with Affordable Housing Tenants

Through the Sharing Solar fund, NC WARN's Solarize programs help low-income homeowners and renters benefit from solar. In 2015, we put solar on land trust apartments in Durham. It's expected to save the 4 tenants $1,700 per year. Read more.

NAACP, Allies Call on Governor to Get Ahead of Job Losses in Coal-power Communities — News Release from NC WARN

An alliance of social justice, labor and environmental groups today called on Governor Pat McCrory to plan ahead for the inevitable closure of coal-fired power plants by appointing a “green ribbon panel” to help coal plant employees and their communities transition to the growing sector of green energy jobs.

Rein in Duke Energy, Groups Tell Attorney General — News Release from NC WARN

An alliance of nonprofits today called for NC Attorney General Roy Cooper to assert his explicit legal authority to enforce the corporate charter of Duke Energy, saying an investigation of the corporation’s North Carolina operations is required due to its history of criminality – from partnering with Enron to coal ash failures – and a rapidly advancing climate crisis that could see sea levels rise 10 feet by mid-century. See coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer and others.

ECR2 VideoClick the image above to watch our new 30-second video. Then visit our Emergency Climate Response page to see how you can help make sure our leaders stand up to Duke Energy.

JohnsonsAt our annual meeting in December, we presented the John O. Blackburn Award to Joyce and Rev. Nelson Johnson in recognition of their lifelong dedication to social justice.

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