“Solarize Our City” – June 3rd

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.

SC and SolChar Steve

SC and SolChar Jeff

Solarize 2

Solarize group 1

Click below to see and share the presentation!

Sierra Club and SolChar PresentationSierra Club and Solarize Charlotte Presentation

Meck Park & Rec – Summer 2014 “Get Going” Guide

Get Going Guide Summer 2014

Let Park and Rec Be Your ‘Guide’ to a Fun and Active Summer

Summer is just around the corner and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation offers several outstanding programs that will help you and your family enjoy every minute of it.

Check out the Get Going Guide for a listing of activities for all ages, including information on summer camps and events at Romare Bearden Park.

The Summer 2014 Get Going Guide (Complete guide)

May 28 – “Making Every Day a Sun Day: How We Can Solarize Charlotte”


Thomas Edison was right long before solar energy became an affordable option for homeowners. The availability of generous federal and state tax credits, low interest rates, and ease of installation make this the time to put solar energy panels on roof tops across North Carolina. Whether you’ve considered installing solar in the past or are just passionate about supporting clean and renewable energy, this is the time for us to learn the facts and finances about solar energy installation and encourage our friends and neighbors to become part of the solar energy revolution.

Make plans to join us Wednesday, May 28th, at 6:30 PM to learn how you can “Make Every Day a Sun Day and Solarize Charlotte”. The program will include a presentation by Steve Rundle, Solarize Charlotte Champion, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Joining Steve on the panel will be Hanna Mitchell, Solarize Charlotte Outreach, and Cynthia Redwine, Founder of RED Group. The meeting will be held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with free pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did!


Happy Mothers’ Day – Why Moms Love Solar

Thanks to Hanna Mitchell and Greenpeace for this great message. And special thanks for these Charlotte area Solar Moms – Deanna Hamm, Cynthia Redwine, Kathy Sparrow, and Desiree Zytkow – who talk about the water and air pollution from coal, the benefits of solar and their concerns for their children’s health and future. Please enjoy and share!

5 Reasons Why Moms Love Solar

By Hanna Mitchell

This Mothers’ Day, moms are taking a stand for solar. Check out this video that shines a light on the stories of solar moms. Moms not only support the use of solar energy to meet home energy needs, but women are increasingly driving the decision to go solar. One household at a time, moms are leading the way to a cleaner, safer and more affordable energy future. Here are some of the reasons why moms are proudly putting panels on their roofs.

1.) Installing solar brings down monthly energy bills: As the industry expands, the cost of solar is coming down fast, and promises to keep dropping. Nationwide, the average cost of solar panels has declined 60% since 2011. Moms appreciate the power of solar to reduce energy bills and these days, as much as 80% of women control household budgets. Solar is a smart financial investment because an installation can return two to four times its cost in saved energy bills, while also increasing the resale value of a home.

2.) Solar means clean air and water: Solar energy does not produce pollution or waste and contributes to healthier communities. Going solar also reduces the demand on the grid which diminishes the need for dirty energy plants. As caregivers, moms appreciate that solar does not create pollution that causes health issues such as asthma and cancer.

3.) Solar mitigates climate change: By switching to solar, the average household can save tons of greenhouse gas emissions and help diminish extreme weather patterns such as hurricanes, droughts, and severe cold fronts. Putting solar on your roof contributes to creating a healthier climate for future generations.

4.) Solar supports the local economy: Solar installations require skilled labor that cannot be outsourced. As of November 2013, the U.S. solar industry employed 142,698 people and grew 19.9% from 2012. Going solar supports jobs for thousands of American families.

5.) Solar demonstrates energy leadership: One of the major questions for the next generation is how we will supply our energy needs. Going solar is a bold decision to become part of the solution to a more just and sustainable energy future.

But don’t just take my word for it! Check out this inspiring video about moms in North Carolina that are standing up for solar.

Charlotte Energy Strategy Presentation – May 15

The Charlotte Economic Development & Global Competitiveness Committee will meet May 15 at 12:00 PM in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (600 E. Fourth Street, Charlotte NC). They will be meeting to determine the appropriate role for the City in supporting and accelerating the economic growth of energy-related companies and suppliers in Charlotte. Plan to attend and show your support for the need for clean, renewable energy and programs like Solarize Charlotte!

Char Eco Dev Comm Mtg April 15 2014

Speak out in support of the 2015 Park and Rec budget

Below is a message from County Manager Dena Diorio. Make plans to attend at least one of the meetings and speak out about increased funding for nature preserves, greenways, and other Mecklenburg Park and Recreation programs.

Click on the link to learn more about the Mecklenburg County Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

Taking the FY2015 Budget ‘On the Road’

In anticipation of presenting my recommended budget to the Board on May 29, over the next few weeks I will be making informational presentations to six different civic groups throughout the County.

During these “roadshow” presentations, I will be talking about how the overall budget process works and then taking questions from the audience. I believe these interactive, face-to-face meetings will help increase public engagement and interest in County government as we head into FY2015.

My first presentation will be at Charlotte Senior Centers, Inc. at 2225 Tyvola Rd. on Wednesday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more dates and locations, please see the calendar reminders below.