Archive: Renewable Energy Credits and Claims

  • 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…

  • Energy policy changes get mixed reviews at state council meeting

    Recently enacted North Carolina renewable energy regulations to control costs and help green energy flourish will be a model other states embrace. Or don’t. Green energy leaders had differing levels of enthusiasm for House Bill 589 Wednesday during a North Carolina Energy Policy Council…

  • Did solar company obtain land for Terra Ceia farm legally? 

    Gertrude Respess claims Wilkinson Solar, and its parent company Invenergy Solar Development, took advantage of her dying husband Rhonda to obtain farmland last year for a large solar installation in Beaufort County. Gertrude’s attorney Mario Perez also says a notarized statement filed with the Beaufort County Register of Deeds…