February 27th, 2013
Change often brings with it questions, challenges and, luckily, opportunities. The 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code is certainly no different, especially when it comes to multifamily housing.
The 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation (NCECC) Code is based upon the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with some NC-specific amendments. At Southern Energy Management, we have been actively monitoring the new code development and we’re in the forefront of working with builders and developers to Read the rest of this entry »
February 19th, 2013
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series looking at affordable residential solar options. Click here for part one of the series!
Southern Energy Management is committed to helping homeowners make smart energy choices — and that includes finding affordable solar solutions. What we know is that if all you had to deal with was Read the rest of this entry »
February 1st, 2013
Act now, before the upfront rebate is cut in half!
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series looking at affordable residential solar options. Check back next week for part two!
There’s no getting around it: if you are a Progress Energy customer who has ever considered going solar, the next few weeks are going to be your best opportunity for a long time. The best residential solar program in NC (which has helped hundreds of families install solar PV systems that will provide long term energy security for their homes) is about to see some major changes. With the recent filing by Progress Energy to cut the Residential SunSense Program upfront incentives in half, those of you considering solar should Read the rest of this entry »
January 25th, 2013
Earlier this week, Progress Energy filed a request with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. They’re requesting to cut solar incentives for North Carolina homeowners (as part of their SunSense program) in half. It’s a move that doesn’t come as much of a surprise to the solar industry in the state, but it’s still disappointing news. Maria Kingery, SEM’s co-founder and CEO, issued a Read the rest of this entry »
January 16th, 2013
This is a guest blog entry from Randy Lucas, the Principal Consultant at Lucas Tax + Energy Consulting. He is friend of Southern Energy Management and an expert on “green” accounting and financing. Randy agreed to discuss his thoughts on the impact the recent fiscal cliff deal will have on the solar industry. Enjoy!
It has been a couple weeks since the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, more commonly known as the “fiscal cliff” bill, was approved and signed into law. Thanks to Read the rest of this entry »
December 20th, 2012
Late last week, Progress Energy sent out a notice to solar installers across North Carolina that the SunSense program is about to go through some major changes. The utility is submitting a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission requesting to essentially cut the solar subsidies they currently provide to homeowners in half (from $1,000 per kilowatt AC to $500). The current $4.50 per kW AC per month credit will remain the same. Southern Energy Management is proud to be a part of the SunSense program since it first began in 2011, and as a result we have gotten to see the impact that it has made. For a breakdown of how Read the rest of this entry »
December 19th, 2012
A wise man once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.” As 2012 comes to a close, it seems like a good time to look back and connect some dots for all of our loyal clients and supporters.
First off, I want to express gratitude on behalf of our entire team to our customers for the trust you have placed in us over the years. We are incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some great clients — from individual homeowners to multinational utilities — and we have done our best to deliver excellence to each one.
In 2012 alone, our team Read the rest of this entry »
December 19th, 2012
The afternoon, we officially commissioned the first solar array to be used at a bed & breakfast in Virginia. The Oak Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast sits on 400 acres of pristine rural property that’s been in innkeeper Pickett Craddock’s family for nearly 200 years. She’s using a financing model that not only helped pay for the 3.9 kilowatt system but also preserves the surrounding forest in perpetuity. Talk about a cool mix! One of my favorite aspects of the B&B is that they give hybrid owners a third night free. Read the rest of this entry »
December 12th, 2012
New home construction has seen a lot of changes over the last few years, especially with efficiency requirements and updates. Now that we are 8 months or so into the new 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code (2012 NCECC) I wanted to recap the major changes. The new code includes some great ways to encourage more energy efficient homes, but like any change it might take some people a little while to get used to the new improved NCECC. Read the rest of this entry »
November 2nd, 2012
By far, the biggest hurdle homeowners have with going solar is the upfront cost. Most folks are aware that solar is a great low risk, high yield long-term investment, but the whole “you’ve got to have money to make money” theory probably scares off a lot of homeowners who would otherwise love to have this opportunity. What if all of a sudden, however, the initial cost to you was roughly 35 percent of what it would normally have been? Might be a little more feasible, right?
SEM is has worked out a way to drastically lower that initial hurdle with Read the rest of this entry »