Archive: Renewable Energy Credits and Claims

  • 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.

  • N.C. governments seek to go 100 percent renewable; is it realistic?

    The town of Hillsborough and Orange County have turned the holy grail of environmentalism into official public policy. They want to transform into 100 percent renewable energy-powered communities.  But beyond the attention-grabbing headlines, and a 2050 deadline, details matter.  Would sprawling, utility-scale solar power plants be built, and…

  • Apple clean energy project fined for environmental violations

    The N.C. Division of Environmental Quality has fined Apple Computer’s data center in Maiden more than $40,000 for violating the state’s Solid Waste Management Act. Correspondence between Apple and state inspectors indicates Apple believed it followed state laws and that Bloom Energy — the maker of the fuel…