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South Carolina: Lowcountry solar installations boom in 2016 as local governments issue nearly 1,400 permits

“More homes in the Lowcountry are generating their own power as the number of solar panel installations in the three-county Charleston region has exploded over the past year. New figures from a consortium of local governments show that close to 1,400 permits were issued for solar installations in the region last year. That’s compared to fewer than 100 in 2015.” Originally published on March [ MORE » ]

U.S. military marches forward on green energy, despite Trump

“The military’s zeal for renewable power has already had broad impacts on energy contractors, generating hundreds of millions in contracts for solar companies and helping to reduce fuel consumption by the world’s largest single petroleum buyer. “The armed forces nearly doubled renewable power generation between 2011 and 2015, to 10,534 billion British thermal units, or enough to power about 286,000 average U.S. homes, according [ MORE » ]

Florida keeps solar momentum moving forward

“Two new initiatives – one involving solar co-ops and one involving property-assessed clean energy (PACE) could build on the momentum the industry gained last year with the passage of Amendment 4 and the stunning defeat of Amendment 1.” Originally published February 20, 2017.

The Southeast Has an Energy Problem, and Minorities Are Hit the Hardest

“The Southeast has the highest rates of energy poverty of any region in the country, a situation compounded by its comparative lack of initiatives to address the many effects that stem from that fact. High clusters of poverty in the Southeast, coupled with the lack of disposable income to cover home improvements such as weatherization, forces low-income families already living in financial poverty to [ MORE » ]

The South Has Been Slow To Harness Its Wind, But That’s Changing

“Wind power is the largest source of renewable energy in the United States. But a broad swath of the country has had no large, commercial wind farms — until now. A new one with 104 towers is up and running near Elizabeth City, N.C., where it spans 22,000 acres.” Originally published on February 16, 2017.

US utilities seek sun as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels

“Solar power represents just about 1 percent of the electricity U.S. utilities generate today, but that could grow substantially as major electric utilities move into smaller-scale solar farming, a niche developed by local cooperatives and non-profits….Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp., the largest electricity company in the United States, this year plans to launch a community solar program in South Carolina and seek regulatory permission to [ MORE » ]

Report: Toshiba retreating from nuke business after losses on Vogtle

"Toshiba Corp., expected to soon report huge losses on Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant expansion and a similar project in South Carolina, is backing away from its nuclear power plant business, according to a Japanese newspaper....The Vogtle project, to add two new nuclear reactors at its plant near Augusta, is over three years behind schedule and more than $3 billion over budget."

NC green energy industry employs 34,000, census reports

“North Carolina renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses have created the equivalent of 34,000 full-time jobs and generate $6.4 billion a year in revenue, an industry group says.” Originally published on January 13, 2017.

Obama administration denies permits for seismic testing along S.C. coast

“South Carolina environmentalists were disappointed last month when President Barack Obama excluded the state’s coastline from protection against offshore drilling. “These same activists are now cheering the Obama administration’s denial Friday of six permits to perform seismic airgun testing, all of which would have affected the South Carolina coast.” Originally published on January 7, 2017.

Amazon to Flip the Switch on Massive Wind Project in North Carolina

“Before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, 104 wind turbines scattered across 22,000 acres of farmland near Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will begin churning out electricity. It will be the South’s first large-scale wind farm. At 208 megawatts, Avangrid’s facility has the capacity to capture enough of the sky’s kinetic energy to power 61,000 homes. But instead of homes, this electricity will run [ MORE » ]