Thanks to Mtn Xpress for the attention to the critical energy issues our region is tackling in their November 11 edition, Finding a Path to Clean Energy. Indeed this is a pivotal time for the direction of our energy future, and while there have been some set- backs, namely the failure of NC’s General Assembly to include an extension of the renewable energy tax credit in the budget, there are also exciting opportunities to create new models that will serve our communities better.
In the article NC Reaches Solar Energy Milestone, it celebrates that solar installations in the state surpassed a combined 1 gigawatt in capacity. Sundance’s own Dave Hollister is quoted saying “It’s a great milestone. Solar has been a great boon to the state of North Carolina. It has seen rapid growth. We’ve built a very substantial industry in the state; we’ve created thousands of jobs.”
To keep the solar industry on a strong trajectory and a part of an equitable energy strategy, the voice of informed citizenry is important, and this issue serves as a timely resource. Check it out and become engaged. As we saw recently when Duke announced they were reconsidering their WNC Modernization Plan in response to public input, it does make a difference!