Sustainable energy buzz across NC

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North Carolina is leading the Southeast in the emerging new energy economy, reports the NC Sustainable Energy Association. The state’s valuable sustainable energy businesses, local community leaders and organizations, educational institutions, and others are ready and eager to start new projects to make us a national leader. Below are just a few of the recent major announcements and innovations from across our state.

–OFM, a furniture import business in Holly Springs, has installed a 250kw solar rooftop system with hopes of installing additional solar projects on its other warehouses in the Triangle.

–The City of Raleigh has announced plans to install a large-scale solar array on the roof of the Raleigh Convention Center. The City has received several bids in response to its RFQ and hopes to start construction in January with the new solar project generating electricity by the spring of 2011.

–A consortium of Charlotte businesses, property owners and political leaders have commited to reduce energy use in uptown buildings by 20% over the next five years as part of the Clinton Global Initiative held recently in New York.

–Progress Energy has reached an agreement to buy power produced from landfill gas at a new gas-to-energy facility to be built at the Wayne County Landfill. The facility is scheduled to begin operation by the end of 2010.

–House of Raeford Farms in Rose Hill, NC recently installed a solar thermal hot water system behind its hatchery. The 208-panel system will reduce heating costs by upwards of 40% and provide hot water 24 hours a day.

Click here to learn about more recent announcements and innovations across North Carolina.

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