Solar power is in everyone's interest. It's better for our health, for our economy, for job creation, and for our entire community. It's time for Duke Energy to see the light.
The project covers 9.5 square miles of land, consists of nine million solar panels, and should generate 550 megawatts. Not only is that enough energy to supply power to around 160,000 homes, it will remove 377,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year according to IFLScience.
Did you know that installing solar panels on your home can actually make you money? It’s true! Solar panels use the sun’s rays to generate electricity. In some cases, the panels actually produce more energy than the home uses during the day.
Solar panels aren’t just good for the environment; they’re good for your wallet, too!
North Carolina is on the forefront of innovation and development when it comes to clean energy — especially in solar, which in 2013 surpassed wind energy as the 2nd most used clean power source in the country.
As solar becomes more widespread as an energy source here in North Carolina, costs will continue to drop and the clean energy will become even more efficient and beneficial to all utility customers. Customer want to take energy decisions into their own hands, but some utility companies aren’t big fans of policies that help homeowners produce their own electricity. Let’s look at one policy in particular that North Carolinians currently have, but utilities want to undermine. It’s called net metering :
The Associated Press has reported that Duke Energy was notified decades ago of potentially serious problems with a storm pipe that recently dumped tens of thousand of gallons of toxic coal ash in Eden, North Carolina’s nearby streams and tributaries.
There are 106 million tons of coal ash right here in North Carolina. But there IS a better way to make clean, efficient energy.
North Carolina power companies spent almost $1.8 billion to bring in 18.7 million tons of out-of-state coal. $1.7 billion of that came from one company: Duke Energy.
North Carolina has no coal supplies of its own. Click here to find our more about our state's energy mix.
14 Dirty Duke Energy facilities store coal ash in North Carolina
3 of these facilities have ‘high hazard’ units. The EPA says a failure there would likely cause the loss of human life.
106,000,00 tons of coal ash sit in pits across the state
Duke Energy's Asheville plant has two high risk coal ash ponds that are polluting the groundwater and the French Broad River with toxic heavy metals.
Take a quick trip with River Keeper Hartwell Carson and find out how Western North Carolina is put in danger by this coal plant. And keep in mind, there 13 more plants around the state that pose similar threats to our water and wildlife.
From mining, to burning, to disposal, coal is wreaking havoc on our health and our planet. Powering our country by burning coal is dangerous. It's time to transition Beyond Coal to clean, renewable sources of energy.