Tag:solar energy

  • Solar views lead to hot water for two N.C. State researchers

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 742: Two N.C. State University researchers say the university has silenced them because they’ve raised concerns about potential negative impacts from utility-scale solar energy projects in North Carolina. In a Carolina Journal exclusive, Associate Editor Dan Way has documented evidence of the university’s…

  • Carolina Journal Radio No. 742: N.C. State researchers say school silenced their solar views

    Two N.C. State University researchers say the university has silenced them because they’ve raised concerns about potential negative impacts from utility-scale solar energy projects in North Carolina. In a Carolina Journal exclusive, Associate Editor Dan Way has documented evidence of the university’s efforts to downplay the researchers’ work. North Carolina…

  • Community fights planned solar facility near longstanding school

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 736: As N.C. state government continues to consider policies that benefit the solar energy industry, residents of one Beaufort County community are fighting a proposed 600-acre solar facility planned near a local school. Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, explains why people in Terra…

  • Terra Ceia community fights huge solar farm

    Jeanne Van Staalduinen teaches at Terra Ceia Christian School in Beaufort County. Four generations of her family have been involved with the modest school, tucked neatly in an austere wedge of this historic slice of North Carolina, about 18 miles east of Washington. It’s a place not far from where…

  • Big solar farms may be stressing agricultural ecosystem

    Ron Heiniger isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He has spent years as a crop and soil scientist helping hard-pressed farmers to get maximum yield and quality from their crops. The N.C. State Cooperative Extension Service professor says it’s his calling in life. These days Heiniger, who works at…

  • 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…

  • State Lacks Guidelines For Safe Solar Equipment Disposal

    RALEIGH — North Carolina has no environmental rules for shutting down solar projects safely, state officials say, and may lack sufficient facilities to dispose of the glass, steel, industrial lubricants, and toxic elements after solar panels in the state’s expanding solar industry reach the end of their useful lives. State…