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4 Questions: Why Is North Carolina A Great Place For Utility Solar? March 6, 2013 Kathleen Zipp/ EXCELLENT!


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"North Carolina has an intelligent and progressive farming community that sees the value of integrating traditional farming with solar farms. The utilities are smart and deeply skilled in all aspects of working with renewable energy." PLEASE READ,COMMENT,



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Ruth R. (216)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:46 am
THIS IS EXCELLENT FOR NORTH CAROLINA ! LET'S SEND GOODWILL, AND HOPE THAT THEY GET LOTS OF SOLAR ENERGY! -- AND THE HELP TO GET THAT SOLAR ENERGY!
PLEASE SIGN OR SEND THE PETITION ---- BELOW -- TO RESIDENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA SO THEY CAN SIGN. DO TO NORTH CAROLINA WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO TO YOUR RESIDENT STATE.
HOME Protect Solar in North Carolina/ URGENT-4/3/2013.PLEASE TAKE ACTION
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URGENT- 4/3/2013."Spread the word about this bad bill and encourage your representatives to vote no on House Bill 298!" PLEASE SIGN, SHARE, SEND TO ALL, POST. LET'S HELP KEEP SOLAR GOING!
 

Alice C. (1797)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:59 am
Orlando Shared Solar Program Sells Out in 6 Days

April 1st, 2013 § 0

Do customers still want solar even if they can’t put it on their own house? From Orlando, the answer is a resounding Yes! Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the municipally owned utility serving one of Florida’s largest cities, launched its Community Solar Program in March. Within six days, all 400kW were fully subscribed, and OUC had received another 300kW+ worth of applications.


The 400kW shared solar project sits atop a parking lot at OUC headquarters

OUC Renewables Manager Jennifer Szaro is scrambling to line up more solar projects to bring into the program to meet customer demand. “We never dreamed it would sell out in six days,” she said. Within hours of the press coverage announcing the project’s success, Ms. Szaro’s phone started ringing – other major Florida utilities wanted to know how OUC had pulled it off.

The initial shared solar project is a 1632 panel canopy structure atop an OUC parking lot – a can’t-miss sight from busy Interstate 4. Customers sign up for kw-blocks of energy from the shared solar project. Initially, they’ll pay a slight premium (1-3 cents/kWh above their normal rate) for the solar power, but the value comes in the ability to lock in that rate for up to 25 years, which presumably will result in savings as the cost of standard grid electricity rises.

OUC President Dan Kirby was the first customer to sign up. Altogether, 38 customers will participate in the initial 400kW project. OUC staff were surprised to see 44% of the applicants request 15kW, the maximum allowed. Ms. Szaro said the energy produced by 15kW would cover the needs of a typical high-usage residential customer. Several small commercial customers will also participate in this first round. The program stats as of March 28 were:




In a city where 55% of the housing units are in multifamily buildings, creating the opportunity for customers to participate in offsite shared solar projects opens up a huge new market for clean energy. Large commercial customers like Universal Studios have expressed interest as well, though they were not able to participate in this initial offering because OUC will have to figure out how to account for their demand-based rates.

Utilities across the country are embracing shared renewables as a way to meet customer demand for clean energy and avoid “departing load customers” – those who choose to get their energy from a home solar system or, where they’re allowed, a competitive supplier. OUC is already analyzing opportunities for growing the program. Participation in the next shared solar project would likely be offered at the same 13 cents/kWh, because, as Ms. Szaro noted, “There’s clearly a market at that price.”

For more info on shared renewables across the U.S., Vote Solar is tracking all the action at sharedrenewables.org.

 

Barb Knight (1684)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:05 am
Ruth, thank you for giving North Carolina's good reputation back!! We have glorious scenery from the Blueridge Parkway !!!!!!!!! You truly can ''SEE FOREVER AND EVER MORE!!' up there!!
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:07 am
Thank you! Unfortunately, the petition is not here or at the site. (N, P, T)
 

Tim C. (2066)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:13 pm
ty
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:15 pm
noted, thanks Ruth
 

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Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:35 pm
Thanks Ruth for the info and the site
 

lee e. (114)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:10 pm
Thanks Ruth - I'm still not "sold" on NC - but am glad to hear they have an intelligent community somewhere!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 11:01 pm
No petition, but this is good news, my mother lives in NC.
 

Beth FS (149)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:30 am
Noted, thanks Ruth :)
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:51 pm
Noted,thank you Ruth.
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (163)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:00 pm
Noted. Thanks Ruth.
 

Tania Koshman (7)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 11:41 pm
noted. thank you
 

Melania Padilla (185)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3:48 pm
Noted
 
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