14 Hours, 31 Minutes, and 15 Seconds of Daylight to Put Solar On It Today!

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June 19, 2014 at 6:51 today marked the Summer Solstice, the longest amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere, the day the sun reaches the farthest point north of the equator, the first day of summer. It’s a perfect day to sign up for a free solar energy evaluation for your home!

If you live in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, or Cabarrus Counties you can get a free solar audit and find out if your home is ready for solar! Call the Solarize Charlotte preferred solar installer, the  Renewable Energy Design Group, l3c, at (336) 671-1068 today.

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

Benefits of the Solarize program:

  • Info about 35% North Carolina income tax credit and 30% Federal tax credit for solar energy
  • Low interest loans with no money down financing
  • Rapid installation by certified installer
  • Free property assessments to determine solar suitability
  • Limited-time opportunity to participate in a program that is sweeping the state (sign up ends July 31st)

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National Day of Action: We #PutSolarOnIt, You Should Too!

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Three years ago, my husband and I went solar. We were the first people in our historic town—the oldest town in West Virginia—to put solar panels on our home. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made, and it continues to have ripple effects that we never could have imagined back in the spring of 2011.

This Saturday, June 21, the Sierra Club is joining with allies around the country encouraging everyone to #PutSolarOnIt. We’re turning the Summer Solstice into a national day of action to rally for more solar power, which can turn our homes, schools, churches and businesses into home-grown solutions to climate disruption. If our story is any indication, every time we #PutSolarOnIt, we’re not only creating clean energy and reducing our electric bills, but we’re also unlocking creative new ideas and economic opportunity, even in the most unexpected places.

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After we put up our solar panels back in 2011, lots of neighbors started asking questions, and the local paper ran a front-page story about the project.

We held an open house and so many people attended that they were spilling out our back door. Since then, a half dozen of the families who attended have gone solar, and the town planner has taken to calling our block the “solar district” of our small town.

Now, one of our historic churches in town—Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church—is working on going solar, in what would be the largest crowd-funded solar project in West Virginia history. The project is poised to create a model that could allow nonprofits across West Virginia to go solar—check out the awesome new West Virginia non-profit Solar Holler and Solar Holler’s Dan Conant:

The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church project is the first of what Conant hopes will be many projects across West Virginia that will allow nonprofits and governments to lower their electric bills by installing solar panels.

He said a number of other organizations, including libraries, schools and affordable housing groups, have approached Solar Holler asking for help.

“We wanted to make a program that was not just going to work in Shepherdstown or in other fairly well-to-do places across the state; we wanted to make a system that could work for any community, any county, and any organization in West Virginia so long as they’ve got community support,” Conant said.

Just think—all this started when one family decided to #PutSolarOnIt. Imagine what could happen in your community!

Join us in this push to #PutSolarOnIt! What do you want to put solar on? Imagine all the places solar could be. Share your ideas by commenting or adding your own photos on our Facebook page, and let us #PutSolarOnIt. We’ll post the winning entry Saturday, June 21. Bonus points if it’s funny and feasible!

Beyond June 21, connect with your local Sierra Club chapter to see how you can help get a program in your community and/or educate your neighbors about existing opportunities to get a share in community solar.

Put Solar On It today!

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Rooftop solar energy has so many benefits and now it’s affordable and easy to have installed with Solarize Charlotte! If you live in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, or Cabarrus Counties you can get a free solar audit and find out if your home is ready for solar! Call the Solarize Charlotte preferred solar installer, the  Renewable Energy Design Group, l3c, at (336) 671-1068 today or sign up on line.

Spread the word. It’s time to Put Solar On It!

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Call (336) 671-1068 today to #PutSolar On It

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If you live in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, or Cabarrus Counties you can get a free solar audit and find out if your home is ready for solar! Call the Solarize Charlotte preferred solar installer, the  Renewable Energy Design Group, l3c, at (336) 671-1068 today.

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

Benefits of the Solarize program :

Info about 35% North Carolina income tax credit and 30% Federal tax credit for solar energy

Low interest loans with no money down financing

Rapid installation by certified installer

Free property assessments to determine solar suitability

Limited-time opportunity to participate in a program that is sweeping the state (sign up ends July 31st)

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

 

Benefits of the Solarize program :

  • Info about 35% North Carolina income tax credit and 30% Federal tax credit for solar energy
  • Low interest loans with no money down financing
  • Rapid installation by certified installer
  • Free property assessments to determine solar suitability
  • Limited-time opportunity to participate in a program that is sweeping the state

- See more at: http://cleanerischeaper.com/#sthash.55bmggUF.dpuf

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

 

Benefits of the Solarize program :

  • Info about 35% North Carolina income tax credit and 30% Federal tax credit for solar energy
  • Low interest loans with no money down financing
  • Rapid installation by certified installer
  • Free property assessments to determine solar suitability
  • Limited-time opportunity to participate in a program that is sweeping the state

- See more at: http://cleanerischeaper.com/#sthash.55bmggUF.dpuf

Solarize Charlotte SingleJoin hundreds of other homers in the area as we build to the National Day of Action on Solar Energy, June 21st,.

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Join us this week – National “Put Solar On It” Day of Action

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Just a few decades ago, a future powered by solar sounded like something out of a science fiction movie. With hefty price tags and few options for consumers, solar installations used seemed impractical and unaffordable. However, as we’ve seen time and time again, American innovation moves quickly and today the reality is starkly different. Just last year a solar installation was installed every four minutes in the United States, making solar the energy source of today, not tomorrow.

More solar was installed in the last 18 months than in the prior 40 years and the cost of a solar panel has decreased 50% since 2008. The rapid price decline coupled with no-money-down leasing options has demand for residential rooftop solar skyrocketing. Of course, more solar customers mean more jobs for the installers, electricians, and manufacturers who work in the solar supply chain. Today, the solar industry employs nearly 143,000 American workers. Solar just makes sense for the economy.

It’s time to shift the perception on solar. It’s no longer “too expensive,” or “out of reach.” We need to put the explosion of solar installations across America on display. That’s why over 24 orgaizations are unveiling the first-ever National #PutSolarOnIt Day of Action on June 21st. This day not only marks the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, but also the ever-growing solar revolution that’s upon us.

Let’s make this week the biggest sign up week for home solar installation in Charlotte’s history!

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

Join the revolution and sign up today!

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

- See more at: http://cleanerischeaper.com/#sthash.4fBz4ECB.dpuf

 

Breaking News from April 3, 1931 – “Use of Solar Energy is Near a Solution”!

At a recent Solarize Charlotte program, Randy Lucas of Lucas Tax + Energy spoke about this article as the first mention by the New York Time on solar energy. Had to check it out!

You’ll note that the price of solar energy in 1931 was estimated at $25,000 per kilowatt. Solarize Charlotte offers great pricing PLUS much more:

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Enjoy this peak back in time…

 

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Download the full article at: Use of Solar Energy is Near a Solution

Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor: “We drink from the Catawba; we deserve clean water”

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A shout out and thanks to Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor for this excellent Op-ed in the Charlotte Observer!

We drink from the Catawba; we deserve clean water

Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

From Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor:

Gov. Pat McCrory recently proposed legislation that would require Duke Energy to move its polluting coal ash to safer storage away from our waterways at some of its power plants, including the Riverbend plant near Charlotte, but not from all of them. This will protect some communities, but Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Belmont, Mt. Holly and all of Mecklenburg and Lincoln Counties will still be at risk. Each of these communities draws drinking water from the Catawba River below the Marshall Steam Plant on Lake Norman.

Just upstream of Mecklenburg County, Duke Energy stores nearly a billion gallons of wet coal ash in an 80-acre unlined pit at the Marshall Steam Plant, directly on the banks of the Catawba River. North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has stated under oath in court filings that one or more of the dikes or berms for the lagoons at the Marshall facility are discharging through numerous unpermitted flows, leaks, and channels into the Catawba River.

Sampling of groundwater near the Marshall plant has found boron at levels 54 percent above state standards, iron at 237 percent above state standards, and manganese at 284 percent above state standards.

These coal ash dumps are always at risk of catastrophic failure, triggered by a flood, a tropical storm, or simply age and neglect. On the Dan River, an old storm-water pipe collapsed on a normal day. Duke Energy dumps its coal ash in outdated, unlined pits next to our rivers and drinking water, held back only by dikes made of soil that leak, and has had multiple dike breaks and failures at its coal ash lagoons across North Carolina in addition to the colossal spill on the Dan River this year. The EPA rates the dams at the Marshall plant as high hazard, meaning that a dam failure is likely to cause a loss of human life and devastating impacts to Lake Norman and the Catawba River.

Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Gaston County communities are all at risk of a Dan River catastrophe, which would have devastating consequences.

There is a simple solution. Duke can move this coal ash away from the Catawba River to safe, dry storage in a lined landfill, or recycle it to make concrete or other products. That is what the other two utilities in the Carolinas are doing, just across the border in South Carolina, without raising customer rates. Duke should take at least this step to protect our rivers and our drinking water.

Yet, Duke Energy has only indicated a willingness to remove coal ash from four of its 14 plants, including its Riverbend plant. The utility has refused to commit to moving its coal ash away from the Catawba River-Marshall site. Neither our state environmental agency nor McCrory has required Duke to do it. Our citizens deserve better. We must not allow Duke and the Governor to pick winners and losers. We all deserve clean water.

Ask Duke Energy and Gov. McCrory: Why won’t you do what is right for the entire Catawba River? And ask your legislator to protect your river and your drinking water if Duke Energy and the governor won’t do so. Tell them that our communities matter.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/06/11/4970255/we-drink-from-the-catawba-we-deserve.html

Residential Solar in North Carolina: What you need to know

You’re going to want to watch this one! If you have been thinking about installing solar on your home or want to help grow solar energy in the greater Charlotte area, take some time to watch and learn.

Residential Solar in North Carolina: What you need to know

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) continues its webinar series with a presentation on residential solar in North Carolina. The presentation will provide valuable information on the options and tradeoffs for homeowners thinking about going solar in the Tar Heel state. It will also include overviews and insights into two Solarize Campaigns currently accelerating residential solar adoption for North Carolinians.

This webinar will be moderated by Charlie Coggeshall, Renewable Energy Manager for SACE.

Guest speakers include:
Jim Kennerly, North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC)
Jim will highlight the details and options that every customer interested in going solar needs to know, as he provides an overview of NCSC’s recent reports: Residential Customer Guide to Going Solar.

Katie Bray, Solarize Asheville
Katie will provide some background on the “Solarize” movement, and the successes and lessons learned with Solarize Asheville over the past year.

Jeff Redwine, Renewable Energy Design Group, L3C (RED Group)
Jeff will discuss why RED Group was selected as the solar contractor for Solarize Charlotte, and the status and outlook for that campaign.

This program was developed with support from Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Solarize Charlotte.

Hold Duke accountable for its coal ash

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Dear Friends,

Don’t let Duke off the hook!

Tell your legislative leaders to protect our water and make sure Duke cleans up its coal ash

Take Action
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Catawba Riverkeeper

Take Action

In February 2014, a stormwater pipe ruptured underneath a coal ash pond in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 40,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River.

Since then, lawmakers and lobbyists have been busy in the Legislature. They have come up with a few proposed bills, but without a show of support from the public, their “solutions” could not actually do enough to clean up, or even make things worse.

You know Duke’s lobbyists will be there doing everything they can to let them off the hook for this problem they created. But our legislators are still ultimately accountable to us. We need to raise our voices to demand a strong bill that actually solves our coal ash problems.

Tell the leaders of the state House and Senate to hold Duke Energy accountable and require them to remove their toxic coal ash from unlined pits next to our waterways.

Duke Energy owns 33 toxic coal ash pits across North Carolina where harmful chemicals like arsenic, lead, and selenium are known to be leaking into the groundwater threatening the health of our communities. Duke Energy has known about the problems with their coal ash ponds for years but done nothing to significantly clean them up.

We can find a solution to our coal ash crisis, but not without your help. The only way we are going to get the toxic coal ash moved out of unlined pits beside our state’s waterways is if you speak up and demand that Duke clean up its mess!

Let legislative leaders know that you want action now!

Thanks for everything you do to protect the environment,

Kelly Martin
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. You can deliver you message in person at our Lobby Day being held this Wednesday, June 4. Find out more details and RSVP here.

P.P.S. After you RSVP, be sure to forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues and share it on social media!

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“Solarize Our City” – June 3rd

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I hope that you are enjoying the nice summer sun. I have some great news to share. Since our Earth Day launch, Solarize Charlotte supporters have continued to knock on doors, talk to community members at festivals and meetings across town, and get great media coverage.

It has been a huge success. We have over 200 homeowners signed up for free solar assessments. We have achieved our sign-up goal for the entire three month enrollment period in just one month. Thank you for all your hard work to help spread the word and sign up yourself.

Let’s keep the solar momentum going. Will you join us on Tuesday 6/3 to “Solarize Our City“?The “Solarize Our City” event will have two parts–first an opportunity to learn about the program from solar experts including our installer RED Group, Admirals Bank and an Accountant to cover tax credits. We will also have different outreaching opportunities for supporters to learn how you can help spread the word and make Solarize Charlotte the most successful program yet.

WHAT: “Solarize Our City”

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3rd from 5:30pm to 8pm
WHERE: International House in Plaza Midwood
(1817 Central Ave #215, Charlotte, NC 28205)
We hope that you will join us and make this event a great solar success.
For the power of the sun,
Hanna, Michael and Monica

 

PS: Don’t forget, Solarize Charlotte is a limited time offer and only available thru July 31st. Hurry and sign up today at CleanerisCheaper.com

Sierra Club and Solarize Charlotte – A Perfect Match

Our Wednesday monthly meeting drew a big crowd and lots of first timers. So glad that you joined us!

Special thanks to our presenters and panel members Steve Rundle, Solarize Charlotte Champion, Hanna Mitchell, Solarize Charlotte Outreach, and Jeff Redwine, Co-Founder of RED Group who provided some great information about solar installation and the Solarize Charlotte program.

Following the Q&A the attendees broke into 2 groups to brainstorm and plan events for getting the word out about Solarize Charlotte (photos by Renee Reese and Ahmer Inam).

For more information, to request a presentation, or to volunteer to be a Solarize Charlotte Champion, email Bill Gupton or Hanna Mitchell.

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Click below to see and share the presentation!

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