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USFS Seeks Applications for Wood to Energy Projects


The U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. The Forest Service also released a Wood Energy Financial App for use by community and business leaders seeking to replace fossil fuel with wood energy...since 2005, more than 150 Wood-to-Energy grants have been awarded to small businesses, non-profits, Tribes, and State and local agencies to improve forest health, while creating…


Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on April 23, 2014 at 11:10am — No Comments

USDA Announces $150 Million Investment Fund: Advanced Energy Production & More

From USDA:

The new Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) will now allow USDA to facilitate private equity investments in agriculture-related businesses. Currently, USDA programs exist to help provide loans or loan guarantees to help rural businesses grow, but many small cutting-edge businesses also need equity support in addition to or instead of borrowed funds.

Advantage Capital Partners, which will manage the new fund, and their partners from eight Farm Credit…


Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on April 22, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments


RALEIGH, N.C. — Today, RTI International, a leading national research institute, released a new study, The Economic Impact Analysis of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina, that reveals sizable contributions that clean energy development is making to the North Carolina economy. The analysis also focuses specifically on the clean energy policies that have had a proven positive…


Added by Dan E. Kincaid on April 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

ASU Solar Decathlon Team Assembles Solar Home

From High Country Press:

With less than two months until the structure ships to France to compete in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the Appalachian State Solar Decathlon Team, Team Reciprocite, started assembling the structure of their unique design this morning at 8 a.m.



Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on March 5, 2014 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Highland Craftsmen's founder featured in top 10 of women-led B Corps

Great coverage for Chris McCurry of Spruce Pine-based Highland Craftsmen in

Added by Matt Raker on February 3, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments


"The Iron Yard, a successful accelerator program that has operated classes in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., will add a three-month program in Asheville, recruiting …


Added by Dan E. Kincaid on January 15, 2014 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Solar Jobs Coming To Marion

From WTOE Radio:

Solar Connection will locate its manufacturing facility in McDowell County.  The company plans to create 50 jobs and invest more than $500,000 over the next three years in Marion.  The Solar Connection will manufacture photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and related PV products. They will initially function as a wholesaler, forming local strategic partnerships with installers. The Solar Connection will also partner with…


Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on December 19, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

ew Report Reveals High Satisfaction among Renewable Energy System Owners

From NC Sustainable Energy Association Press Release:

Findings suggest the importance of policy as a driver of renewable energy adoption



Added by Ron Townley on December 18, 2013 at 10:39am — No Comments

Duke Energy starts up new Wilmington plant

Duke Energy’s new natural gas-fired power plant in Wilmington has started operating.

The $600 million L.V. Sutton plant replaces three, 1950s-vintage coal-fired units that Duke recently retired.

Compared to the coal units, the 625-megawatt gas-fired plant will sharply reduce air pollutants, including those that form ozone and haze, and carbon dioxide.

Duke has spent $9 billion in the past decade on new gas and coal-fired power plants in North Carolina and Indiana. Duke…


Added by Ron Townley on December 12, 2013 at 10:06am — No Comments


January 22, 2014 McKimmon Conference & Training Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Offered by NC State University's Technology Training Solutions (formerly the Computer Training Unit) We all know that putting our best foot forward in today's competitive business environment is vital every step of the way. In this one-day hands-on workshop you'll learn the basic principles of graphic design and how to apply them to create effective and compelling communication materials.…


Added by Ron Townley on December 11, 2013 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Matthews explores car charging stations

The town of Matthews is exploring a partnership with an Asheville-based company to bring electric-vehicle charging stations to the community.

Brightfield Transportation Solutions is offering to install charging stations for free in towns. The goal is to provide such stations…


Added by Ron Townley on December 6, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments

USDA Announces Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Funding will be provided to rural electric cooperatives and utilities – the majority of which already have energy efficiency programs in place – who will then re-lend the money to help homeowners or businesses make energy efficiency improvements. In addition to energy audits, the loans may be used for upgrades to heating, lighting and insulation, and conversions to more efficient or renewable energy sources.



Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on December 4, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Boone Clean Energy Micro Brewery To Go Public

From the Watauga Democrat:

Boone's only operating brewery, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, announced Tuesday that it will acquire North Carolina Natural Energy Inc. and begin public trading as a craft brewery...

The brewery utilizes American-made brewing equipment, offsets electricity usage with a 5kW solar array, donates spent grain to local farms and donates a portion of proceeds to local nonprofits.

North Carolina…


Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on December 4, 2013 at 11:53am — No Comments

Chemtex biofuels refinery to make ethanol from NC crops in Sampson County

Good news for NC biofuels industry!

A biofuel refinery, the first of its kind in the United States, will produce ethanol from wild grasses and other energy crops near Clinton, about 65 miles southeast of Raleigh.

The planned refinery, which is scheduled to begin producing biofuel in 2016, culminates an intensive effort to make ethanol from plants other than corn. The Italian developer, Biochemtex, operates a similar biorefinery in Italy and is planning to license other such…


Added by Ron Townley on December 3, 2013 at 10:43am — No Comments

German-Based Clean Energy Manufacturer Holds Grand Opening in Shelby

Schletter, a worldwide leader in photovoltaic mounting systems, held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the company's new North American headquarters in Shelby on Nov. 14. The Shelby facility is currently operational as production of solar mounting systems and custom sheet metal fabrication began this past summer. Expansion of the original structure is complete with 140,000 square feet of highly-automated manufacturing space and administrative…


Added by Ron Townley on December 2, 2013 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Field to Fryer to Fuel project on WNCW public radio this week.

This is a regional project to grown non-GMO canola oil, refine it and distribute it among area restaurants, and recapture it for manufacture into biodiesel.

Added by Ron Townley on November 22, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

Duke Energy Renewable Energy Plan

Duke Energy's renewable-energy plan is online at

Added by Ron Townley on November 21, 2013 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Airport seeks to become major solar producer

Solar panels could soon sprout over Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s parking decks and between runways, making the airport one of the largest solar energy producers in the state.

The airport put out its request for proposals…


Added by Ron Townley on November 21, 2013 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Announcing CRA's 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show, "Zeroing in on Waste Reduction"

Join recycling professionals from across the southeast at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina beginning Monday, March 31 through Thursday, April 3, 2014. Mark your calendars and plan to join us! 


Registration is now open!  Over the next few weeks, we will announce further details about the conference program content. Meanwhile, review this newsletter and our conference website for Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities. Don't forget, February 7, 2014 is the…


Added by Ron Townley on November 21, 2013 at 5:50pm — No Comments

State study shows increase in private sector’s recycling jobs and businesses

RALEIGH – Recycling jobs in North Carolina’s private sector have increased by nearly 12 percent since 2010 as recycling businesses in the Tar Heel State continue to grow and thrive, according to a study released today by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


“Recycling is an important initiative to support manufacturers and reduce our long-term dependence on landfills,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “The continued, strong growth of recycling as an…


Added by Ron Townley on November 21, 2013 at 5:46pm — No Comments

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