Tag:renewable energy

  • Cooper family solar farm’s shady transactions

    Gov. Roy Cooper in 2012, while serving as state attorney general, agreed to lease a Nash County property he and his brother Pell owned to Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar for the construction and operation of a 4.9-megawatt solar facility. The lease agreement may be worth more than $1 million, based…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Currituck County fed up with solar

    Large solar projects haven’t been a good deal for Currituck County residents, says Bobby Hanig, the county commission’s chairman. The developers “have consistently tried to go back on what has been agreed upon in open meetings, and brought on extra work for county staff to ensure they are doing what…

  • Millis: Tax credits to renewable energy producers = $1.6 billion

    UPDATED April 21 to include source of information for total renewable tax credits. State Rep. Chris Millis says the renewable energy industry hoodwinked North Carolina about the costs of giving special deals to renewable producers, which exploded from an initial projection of less than $5 million to $1.6 billion in payouts through…

  • Hot air from the wind industry

    RALEIGH — Wind-energy developers routinely deceive the public, a longtime critic of the industry told Carolina Journal. And the sales pitch surrounding the Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City continues spreading those deceptions. Amazon continues to perpetuate the myth that the electrical grid can take power from the turbines on…