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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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…

 

Use of Solar Energy is Near a Solution

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
Photo credit: Sam Perkins,
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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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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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”

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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!

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