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

 

Training: Public Speaking for Solarize Charlotte

Come practice public speaking skills and learn about Solarize Charlotte outreach opportunities. Join Solarize Charlotte for a volunteer meeting on Thursday, June 19th to connect with other volunteers, and prepare to be a voice for solar energy in North Carolina. Free snacks will be provided!

When: Thursday, June 19 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Area 15, 516 E 15th Street, Charlotte, NC

RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/813887218621437/

June 16 Webinar: Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants

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Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants

We invite you to join us next Monday, June 16, at 1:00 PM ET for an exciting discussion.

Register Today! 

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) continues its webinar series with a presentation on the newly-proposed carbon pollution limits for existing power plants. These webinars are your opportunity to learn about emerging environmental regulations, clean energy technologies, opportunities and issues that SACE engages in everyday.

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release proposed standards for the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. These carbon pollution standards, under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, will be designed to significantly reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions from our electricity sector. This webinar will provide an introduction to the proposed 111(d) regulations, explain what this means for utilities and regulators in the Southeast, and how you and your organization can be involved in this rule-making process. This webinar follows our February webinar on the same topic, and will include analysis of the proposed regulations following their June 2 release.

To register, please visit our webinar sign-up page, and don’t forget to mark Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. ET on your calendar!


Title: Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants
Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

 

Sierra Club Hike – Sat, June 21 – Moses Cone

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We’ll celebrate the first day of summer with a moderate 5 mile hike in the Moses Cone Memorial Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock.  Enjoy the cooler mountain weather and great views from the top of the Flat Top Tower.  We’ll be hiking on fairly smooth carriage trails that gradually ascend to the top of Flat Top Mountain.  We’ll meet at Moses Cone at 10 AM.  Contact Steve Copulsky to sign-up at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.  Limited to 15 hikers.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver.

June 24 – “Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power”

Have you been considering solar energy for your home? Find out why now is the time to join the solar revolution going on in the greater Charlotte area! Solarize Charlotte offers group volume discounts; free financial analysis and site evaluation and expert installation by the Renewable Energy Design Group, L3c (RED Group); and, an easy financing option by Admirals Bank through their expedited solar loan process. Act now to take advantage of the special Solarize Charlotte program which ends July 31st. Make plans to join us for this informative and energizing program!

Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power
Making Residential Solar Easy and Affordable
June 24th Free Program and Tour

Tuesday, June 24th
Tours from 6:30 – 7:00 PM (Please RSVP to cleanerischeaper@gmail.com)
Program from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Myers Park Baptist Church
The Cornwell Center – Learning Center Room
2001 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28207

For more information on Solarize Charlotte go to CleanerIsCheaper.com or call (919) 324-6508

 Click below to download and share the event flyer.Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power June 24

Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power June 24

 

Evergreen Nature Preserve Service Outing – Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 9am to 12pm

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

For the last 2 years, The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has been engaged in invasive species removal at Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve, and we have done such an outstanding job the Parks and Recreation Department has asked us to do the same for Evergreen Nature Preserve. Invasive species, also called “introduced species”,” non-native” or “non-indigenous” are plants that adversely affect the habitats or bioregions they invade. The invasive species dominate the region and crowd out native species which had previously provided habitat and food for birds and other wildlife. There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from clearing a section of forest of invasive vines and seeing the natural open landscape restored. We would love to have you join us at Evergreen to pitch in and restore this little slice of nature right in the heart of East Charlotte.

Location: Winterfield Elementary School, 3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

For questions or more information. contact Outings Chair David Underwood at 704-675-2390 davidmunderwood@mail.com

Sierra Club June Meeting Announcement 6/25 – Outdoor Survival

Please join us on Wednesday June 25 for a special presentation on outdoor survival. Whether you are going for a walk in the woods, paddling your kayak down a stream, or going on a multi-day backpack you will enjoy and learn something from our speaker.

Presented by Trevor Hudspeth, Outdoor Recreation Specialist for Mecklenburg County’s McDowell Nature Center, and a very experienced outdoorsman.
As usual, our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park and begins at 6:30pm for pizza and socializing. The formal meeting begins at 7pm.

Parking is free, as is the evening presentation.

We look forward to seeing you.

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.

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing – June 14 Evergreen Nature Preserve

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

For the last 2 years, the Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has been engaged in invasive species removal  at Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve. We have done such an outstanding job  the Parks and Recreation Department has asked us to do the same for Evergreen Nature Preserve.

Invasive species, also called “introduced species”,” non-native” or “non-indigenous” are plants that adversely affect the habitats or bioregions they invade.  The invasive species dominate the region and crowd out native species which had previously provided habitat and food for birds and other wildlife.  There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from clearing a section of forest of invasive vines and seeing the natural open landscape restored.  We would love to have you join us at Evergreen to pitch in and restore this little slice of nature right in the heart of East Charlotte.

For questions or more information. contact Outings Chair David Underwood at 704-675-2390 davidmunderwood@mail.com

When: Saturday, June 14. 9:00 – 12:00

Where:  Winterfield Elementary School, 3100 Winterfield Place, Charlotte, NC (Meet in parking lot)

What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver.

Evergreen Trail Map