Duke Energy customers in North Carolina who want rebates for installing solar panels will have two chances to apply next year instead of one. State regulators last week approved the Charlotte-based energy company’s request to accept applications in January and July instead of just January.
House Bill 589, passed in July 2017, was called “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina” but actually has the effect of curtailing solar energy development. See our HB589 factsheet.
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Duke Energy Corp.’s rooftop solar rebate program has proven so popular that the money available for residential and commercial rebates this year is already tapped out two weeks after the program launched.
There’s a ton of good news in the fight to slow the global climate crisis – outside of North Carolina. A key question remains: Will this state finally get out from under Duke Energy’s climate-wrecking, fracked gas obsession and clean-power sabotage in its monopoly-captured territories?
Solar advocates who objected to Duke Energy Corp.’s initial proposal for a new community solar program don’t like the revised program much better and are calling on regulators to require more changes or reject it. “The revised plan is a significantly worse program than the initial program,” says the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, contending the new proposal would be much more costly to customers than the original version.
Duke Energy’s proposed “community solar” proposal would cause participating customers to lose 51 percent of their investment and would take five years to implement. The program is clearly designed to fail and is further proof that the Charlotte-based corporation prefers to stifle and delay – not advance – clean energy.
See coverage in Charlotte Business Journal
An alliance of diverse North Carolina faith leaders today questions Duke Energy and the NC General Assembly for having placed strict limits on solar energy development at precisely the time that dramatic clean energy progress is needed to address the climate crisis. Telling the unvarnished truth about the effect of last year’s energy bill on solar progress in our state, they call for strong and decisive action.
NC WARN strongly urges you to veto HB 589 due to its detrimental impacts on North Carolina’s once-growing clean energy sector and overall economy. Not only would the bill drive away large, job- and revenue-producing wind energy projects, it would do the same for rooftop solar across the state – both under false pretenses.
The bill is not clearly beneficial for either customers or the solar industry. It could actually be harmful to the growth of solar in the state due to the countless limitations it places on rooftop and large-scale projects.