Powering North Carolina with Solar Energy

North Carolina has developed as a leading state for solar energy (ranking #2 in the nation for installed PV capacity in 2014!) and Sundance Power Systems is proud to have played a significant part in the industry’s success. Since our founding in 1995, Sundance has worked to promote the developing industry through education, advocacy, and policy work, and by installing over a thousand residential and commercial solar projects across the state.

 

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Undeniably, North Carolina’s tax credit for renewable energy (expired as of December 2015)  was a significant factor stimulating the rapid acceleration of solar energy in the state, helping to make an investment in solar panels economically feasible for homeowners and businesses. This policy supported the early adoption of solar technologies as they became more affordable and cost-competitive  with other energy systems. Learn the current status of North Carolina incentives.

Sundance continues to play an active role in ongoing policy work and utility relations to develop evolving programs and models to ensure that solar continues to become a mainstream energy source available to an even broader spectrum of the community. We look forward to sharing that work with you as we move forward!

Here is an overview of some of our accomplishments across the state:

Asheville and Western North Carolina

  • Voted the #1 Renewable Energy Company in Mountain Xpress’ Best of WNC Readers’ Poll every year since the category  was created in 2013!
  • Contracted for  the solar electric systems for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River
  • Assisted four faith communities in WNC in bringing solar energy to their congregations
  • Contracted for seven hot water systems for Asheville’s Green Restaurant Initiative
  • Selected as the installation partner for the successful Solarize Asheville campaign, with over 50 homeowners going solar
  • Established working relationships with contractors of the WNC Green Building Council, creating models for efficiency with radiant floor heating and solar energy systems in the building community
  • Served on the City of Asheville’s Energy Taskforce
  • Installed solar hot water systems on four firehouses for the City of Asheville
  • Worked with Appalachian State University on three campus energy projects: Frank’s Residence Hall, the traffic circle’s solar electric, and the transfer station, as well as the Wind for Schools initiative
  • Helped businesses such as Deltec Homes, All-States Medical, Charlotte Street Animal Hospital, and Asheville Eye Associates lower their operating costs with on-site solar generation

Charlotte and The Piedmont Region

  • Installed a solar hot water and radiant floor system at Lake James State Park
  • Installed commercial systems for G&W Equipment in Charlotte
  • Installed systems for Law Office of Wallace & Graham and Gerry Wood Auto Group in Salisbury
  • Worked with Catawba College on the largest campus-wide solar initiative in the region

The Triangle: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

  • Installed cutting edge solar energy systems at the Duke Smart House for the Pratt School of Engineering
  • Worked with the City of Raleigh on solar hot water systems for several of their fire stations, and solar electric systems for Wilders Grove Solid Waste Service
  • Installed nine-stand alone signs for Durham’s bus shelters
  • Installed a solar electric system for UNC’s Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill
  • Installed a solar electric system for Carrboro’s community farmer’s market

Coastal North Carolina

  • Installed solar hot water systems at the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, totaling 26 collectors
  • Installed solar hot water systems at the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point,  totaling 32 collectors