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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.

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Greensboro African American Clergy Support Solar Policies

A group of African American clergy in Greensboro sent a letter to the North Carolina General Assembly urging them to support the pending solar energy legislation in the state. Read the letter, and see the clergy who signed on, here.

Will Duke Energy & the Koch Brothers Kill North Carolina’s Growing Solar Industry?

According to a 2015 poll by Conservatives for Clean Energy, over 86% of NC voters – across the political spectrum – support policies promoting solar power. But Duke Energy is using its corporate muscle to limit the growth of solar.

Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar — The Washington Post

Three years ago, the nation’s top utility executives gathered at a Colorado resort to hear warnings about a grave new threat to operators of America’s electric grid: not superstorms or cyberattacks, but rooftop solar panels.

Tesla’s New Battery Doesn’t Work That Well With Solar — Bloomberg

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk introduced a new family of batteries designed to stretch the solar-power revolution into its next phase. There's just one problem: Tesla's new battery doesn't work well with rooftop solar—at least not yet. Even Solar City, the supplier led by Musk, isn't ready to offer Tesla's battery for daily use.

Tesla Launches Batteries for Homes, Businesses, Utilities — Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company’s mission to provide pollution-free energy.

Pastor to Duke Energy CEO: Stop Targeting African-Americans with Your Anti-Solar Campaign

Letter to Duke’s Good cites curious visits by those pushing “Solar Hurts the Poor” message.
NC WARN news release See the letter to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good Op-Ed by Rev. Nelson Johnson and Jim Warren - Winston Salem Journal Facing South article on the letter "Desperate Fossil Fuel Interests Seek to Undermine Clean Energy Choices in Communities of Color" -- Huffington Post 

Poll Shows Huge Bipartisan Support for Solar Power & Competition in NC — News Release from NC WARN

For the second time in recent weeks, voters across North Carolina’s political spectrum have signaled overwhelming support for solar power and the right to competition instead of remaining captive to Duke Energy’s monopoly.

Truth: Rooftop Solar Capacity Benefits All Ratepayers — RenewableEnergyWorld.com

The utility and fossil-fuel industries continue to spread a crude canard against the growing popularity of rooftop solar across America. The lie goes something like this: Households and business that install photovoltaic panels are doing so at the expense of other electricity ratepayers because they are “subsidized” by those that don’t have solar panels.

Conservative energy group’s poll finds strong support for clean energy in N.C. — Charlotte Business Journal

Raleigh-based Conservatives for Clean Energy commissioned a poll that shows overwhelming support for renewable and clean-energy sources, even among Republicans and self-described conservatives.

Sungevity tests solar financing strategy in NC — News & Observer

One of the nation’s largest installers of residential solar panels has begun offering solar units to homeowners in North Carolina, saying it has figured out a way to circumvent the state’s longstanding restrictions on renewable energy production.
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