Solar forum to focus on better rules for alternative-energy projects

October 18, 2013 by  
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The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association and the North Carolina Solar Center are holding a free forum Friday focused on the development of a standard set of rules for the development of solar energy projects in the state.

The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association and the North Carolina Solar Center are holding a free forum Friday focused on the development of a standard set of rules for the development of solar energy projects in the state.










Susan Stabley
Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal

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The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association and the North Carolina Solar Center are holding a free forum Friday focused on the development of a standard set of rules for the development of solar-energy projects in the state.

Here’s why that matters: Current regulation of solar projects is inconsistent, making development of new systems difficult and expensive.

About 42 N.C. communities have ordinances that address solar systems, but most municipalities in North Carolina are without regulations specific to that form of alternative energy. At the same time, the solar sector in the state has grown to more than 500 companies employing about 2,000 workers.

The Sustainable Energy Association and the Solar Center say creating a standard ordinance statewide would simplify the process of developing solar projects.

The forum will allow the general public, as well as industry professionals, to provide feedback on a proposed ordinance that could be used by municipalities across North Carolina.

Friday’s event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College’s Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive.

Susan Stabley covers growth, the environment and residential real estate for the Charlotte Business Journal.

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