By now, many of you have probably checked out the updates to the National Green Building Program Standard and are starting to navigate the changes. If you are considering certifying your projects and have not explored the new Scoring Tool and Marketing Resources, now is a great time to get involved.
DURHAM, N.C. – C and C Automotive, a Durham auto repair shop, has installed a 13.77 Kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that is expected to offset their power by 67 percent. Located at 129 Wolfpack Lane and installed by Southern Energy Management, the system is expected to generate 17,031 Kilowatts of power per year. Read the rest of this entry »
The world of energy production and distribution is changing rapidly. The price of solar has dropped over 60% in the last three years,making it competitive with fossil fuel generated power in many states. Thanks to smart policy-makers, here in NC solar investments have double digit rates of return and the levelized cost of energy is well below the costs of electricity from our investor-owned utilities.
The Chief’s Energy Challenge is a program that was designed to encourage the reduction of energy use at fire departments across the country. The departments in Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, North Carolina have issued this challenge Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »