July 23rd Monthly Meeting: Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County

Outdoor Treasures

Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County.

Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.

As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.

Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Join us July 31 for Solarfest: A Solarize Charlotte Celebration

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Join us as we celebrate the success of Solarize Charlotte and look to the future! Since our launch in April, we have far surpassed our goals, reaching out to hundreds of homeowners across the city. And Solarize is just the beginning of the solar revolution for Charlotte and North Carolina.

We will have food (a variety of food trucks will be on location), drinks, music, kids activities, and volunteer appreciation.

We will celebrate those who helped make Solarize Charlotte so successful: our volunteers, coalition partners, installer, and homeowners.

Event Details:
July 31st
6-8:30pm
Area 15 (off N. Davidson St.)
514 E. 15th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205

NC Sierra Club Footnotes Online – July 2014

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear friends,

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Our newsletter has a new look this month.  It’s part of our ongoing effort to make it easier for you to understand what’s going on in North Carolina and for you to take action on issues you care about.

Please enjoy this issue of Footnotes and thanks for all the work that you do to make our state a better place to explore, enjoy, and protect.

Cheers,

Your staff at the North Carolina Sierra Club

 

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Take Action on Coal Ash

Legislators from the NC House and NC Senate will soon start working on the final details of the coal ash bill.  We need you to write to legislators and let them know the final version of the bill must ensure that coal ash will no longer pollute our state’s waterways.

Every coal ash site in North Carolina is leaking. The only way to make sure all of North Carolina’s communities are protected from dangerous coal ash is for you to demand comprehensive action from legislators.

Click here to read more and to take action!

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Speak Up for Clean Water!

Right now, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting public comment on a proposed set of water quality standards meant to keep North Carolina in compliance with the Clean Water Act and adopt EPA standards for metals.

Federal law requires states to review and update water quality standards every three years. North Carolina last did it in 2007. And while DENR has proposed a number of updates for the first time in 7 years, there are still some things missing that North Carolinians deserve.

Click here to read more and to take action today!

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Solar is Rising

Right now, North Carolina has the second most solar capacity in construction in the country. And this isn’t anything new.  For the past few years, our state has been a solar powerhouse, creating jobs and investment all across the state. However, the development that’s creating jobs and investment has been mostly limited to utility scale projects – large farms being clean energy online.

However, the NC Sierra Club is working to protect and expand policies that can make rooftop solar more practical.  Putting power on roofs is how NC can become first in solar. Find out more about our campaign and how you can stay in the loop at FirstinSolar.org.

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Wilderness Spotlight: Middle Prong

This month, we take a look at the Middle Prong Wilderness. This protected area was created by the 1984 Wilderness Act which celebrated its 30th anniversary in June.

Comprised of 7,900 acres in Western North Carolina, Middle Prong was once inhabited by the Cherokee and was settled by pioneers in the late 1700’s.  Find a full description of this wilderness area, including pictures and maps, at the most recent blog post on OurWildNC.org.

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Intern Spotlight

Every summer, the NC Sierra Club is lucky enough to have interns help tackle the tasks related to protecting our air, water, and natural places.  This year, we have two top notch interns helping on everything from legislative issues to wilderness and everything in between.

Please take a moment to learn about the great work being done by Brianna van Stekelenburg and Caroline Spence in their intern spotlight profiles and thank them for all that they do.

Click here to read about our 2014 summer interns.

Upcoming Events and Outings

Note: The deadline to participate in the Wilderness Challenge has been extended to July 31Click here for challenge details and to register!

August 22 – 24Outings Leader Training at Hanging Rock State Park

This training is for outings leaders who have taken Sierra Club OLT101 (basic outdoor leadership training) within the last 4 years.  This training will prepare participants to lead overnight trips away from cars (Sierra Club Level 2 outings).

Space is limited and the registration deadline is Wednesday August 6th.

Please contact Kelly Mieszkalski (kellymieszkalski@yahoo.com, 919.624.2225) or Nancy Card (nostalgicnan@gmail.com or 910.540.3088) with any questions.

Click here to register via Eventbrite!

August 2Tree ID Walk (summer edition) – Clemmons State Forest, Clayton, NC

Join the Capital Group for a summertime walk in the woods and tree identification outing. Hike consists of 0.6 miles on the talking tree trail and 0.8 miles on the talking rock trail. Guests may want to bring your bird or tree guidebook or a bottle of water. This is not a backcountry hike and no special skills or equipment are required. Outing is free and open to the public, limited to the first 12 to sign up at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tree-id-walk-tickets-12243363229

August 16Shining Rock Wilderness Day Hike – Near East Fork, NC

This hike is part of the Our Wild North Carolina Celebration!  This is a moderately strenuous 10-mile round trip hike that will cross Black Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain, and Flower Knob to Shining Rock and be at altitudes above 6,000 ft.  For more information, contact Joel Wooten at (336) 466-1314 before 9:00 pm, or joelhike@yahoo.com.  Wilderness outings are limited to 10 hikers. Click here more information.

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Did you know you can make a monthly gift to the NC Sierra Club? Find out how you can make a sustaining gift by visiting our website, or contacting the Chapter office at 919-833-8467.

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New Video: Why Does Duke Energy Hate Solar Power in North Carolina?

NC WARN has launched a statewide campaign to expose Duke Energy’s efforts to destroy North Carolina’s growing solar power industry at the rooftop and large-scale levels. To learn more about their campaign, got to Why Does Duke Energy Hate Solar?

Get everyone you know to send a short email to NC Utilities Commission Chair Ed Finley (statements@ncuc.net) about the upcoming solar hearing in Raleigh. This particular hearing is about large-scale solar but has implications for rooftop systems as well. Tell Commissioner Chair Ed Finley why large-scale solar is valuable for North Carolina. Please reference docket E-100 Sub 140 in the subject line.

Looking to become a Solar Energy installer?

CPCC Center for Sustainability is holding a 40 hour continuing education course on installation and design of solar photovoltaics.

This course covers instruction on the physical principles, equipment, system components, and site analysis, and provides training in the basic skill set for design and installation of solar photovoltaics power systems. Design of Grid tied solar systems for residential and commercial buildings will be taught. A portion of the course will discuss standalone systems. It has 40 hours of instruction the last part of which is the completion of the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. The course will be offered over 2 intense weekends to enable full time workers to fit the course into their schedule. Completion of the coursework is sufficient training for students to be eligible to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam for solar photovoltaics installers. The NABCEP certification is the “gold standard” for professional accreditation in renewable energy systems. The test is included in the 40 hours of training.

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“Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power” – Program and Materials

We had a great turnout and response to our Solarize Charlotte program last night! Thanks again to Myers Park Baptist Church, the Cornwell Center, and the EarthKeepers for hosting the event. Big, big kudos and thanks to Mary Lou Buck for her great logistics and promotion, Rachel Shook for materials and signs, Bob Thomason for leading two tours of the church solar installation, and our presenters Solarize Champion Steve Rundle  and RED Group Jeff Redwine!!!

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Presentation on Solarize Charlotte Program

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Video on the RED Group and the Solarize Charlotte sign up/installation process

Video on Solarize Charlotte related tax issues

NC Solar Center: Residential Customer Guide to Going Solar

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Solarize Charlotte Resources

Solarize Charlotte
www.cleanerischeaper.com

Solarize Charlotte Facebook
www.facebook.com/SolarizeCharlotte

Renewable Energy Design Group, l3c (RED Group)     
www.redgroupnc.com

NREL’s PVWatts® Calculator 
www.pvwatts.nrel.gov

NC Sierra Club Solar
www.nc2.sierraclub.org/issue/solar

NC Sustainable Energy Association
www.energync.org

 

Please share this link and information with your friends and neighbors. Solarize Charlotte is hot, hot, hot!

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Learn How To Put Solar On It: June 24 – “Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power”

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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

Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power June 24

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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