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.
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Article by Solarize intern Kelly-Anne Martin. (Click and scroll halfway down page 1.)
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.
The Solarize Chatham County program has resulted in more residential solar panel installations than previous solarize programs in the state. Solarize projects allow customers to buy solar panels from local installers in bulk to receive discounts. Generally one company is chosen for the work, but Cary-based Yes! Solar Solutions and Morrisville-based Southern Energy Management worked together on this project.
NC WARN has launched a highly successful program that expands solar power on homes and businesses, cuts greenhouse gases, adds local jobs and helps avoid more rate increases for all customers. The program expands to Chatham County this Sunday, June 1, after a successful pilot project in Durham, and will gradually expand around the state.
NC WARN has filed expert testimony in a state regulatory proceeding where Duke Energy is seeking to reduce the amount paid to large-scale providers of solar electricity. We are urging the NC Utilities Commission to open a separate docket in which all stakeholders can benefit from ongoing “value of solar” cases currently in play around the U.S.
NC WARN has launched a program that expands solar power on homes and businesses. The Durham-based clean energy nonprofit announced Solarize Durham today at a press conference at the office of Yes! Solar Solutions, a locally-owned company that has been chosen to install systems for Solarize Durham.