Archive: Renewable Energy Credits and Claims

  • EPA confirms GenX-related compounds used in solar panels

    FAYETTEVILLE — Although top national environmental regulators confirmed GenX and related chemical compounds are used to produce solar panel components, they say their research does not prioritize what risks that might pose to the environment and human health. Peter Grevatt, national director…

  • Navy study says no more wind turbines at Amazon site

    Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to state the Amazon Wind Farm is in Pasquotank County. We regret the error. A new study from the U.S. Navy says expanding the Amazon Wind Farm site near Elizabeth City, as the operator planned to do, may cause interference with the Navy’s…

  • GenX concerns cloud possible expansion of solar facility

    The state Utility Commission will weigh whether the GenX compound that has polluted the Cape Fear River Basin could contaminate the Wilkinson Solar Plant in the Terra Ceia community of Beaufort County. Opponents of the 74-megawatt, industrial-scale solar generating plant have spent the past year raising…

  • Amazon Wind Farm interference with radar remains a concern

    After operating a little more than a year, the Amazon Wind Farm, North Carolina’s only large-scale wind energy project, continues to cause concerns. The project — located in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties near Elizabeth City — generated just 75 percent of its expected power. Military officials also remain uneasy about…

  • Cooper brothers named new company after former tenant

    Tracing the ownership of the land hosting a Nash County solar farm built on a former cow pasture is complicated business. On his Statement of Economic Interest covering 2014, then-Attorney General Roy Cooper, in November of that year, said he ended his ownership interest in Will…

  • Solar giants getting stronger as opponents struggle to fight back 

    STATESVILLE — Iredell County opponents of an industrial-scale solar project continue facing roadblocks in their goal to prevent the facility from getting a permit.  Two days before the county held a hearing on the permit, the state Court of Appeals overturned a local government ruling against a solar development…

  • Rural solar developments pit neighbor against neighbor

    COOL SPRINGS — As more and more rural communities push back against renewable energy developers and the encroachment of solar generating plants on open space, another fight gets far less attention. “Right now it’s neighbor against neighbor,” Ron Heiniger, a crop and soil scientist at N.C.