Anti-Renewable North Carolina Bill Defeated!

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As solar and wind power grow, rich but out of date industries such as the coal and nuclear industries are beginning to quiver. Naturally, with buildings full of money, they’re also fighting back and paying others to fight back. They’re struggling to survive. One way they are doing so is by attacking every incentive for clean, renewable energy that they can. State renewable energy policies have been a particular focus of attack as of late. One of the closest battles along these lines was recently held in North Carolina. Luckily for us, renewable energy won. Here’s an email I just received from the Solar Energy Industries Association (image added & two notes included at the end):

Image Credit: North Carolina flag via Shutterstock.
Image Credit: North Carolina flag via Shutterstock.
Today, the sun is shining brightly in North Carolina. Thanks to you – and a lot of hard work on the ground – attempts to pass the “Job Killing, Anti-Growth and Keep NC Dependent on Foreign Oil Act” have failed!

This wouldn’t have happened without the efforts of solar supporters in North Carolina and around the nation — and the Solar Power Advocacy Network, which deserves a special shout out. Your voices make a huge difference. Please encourage your friends and collegues to join now. We want to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who took time to call, write or sign our online petition.

Because of smart policies like North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS), solar offers real hope for the future by reducing our nation’s dangerous dependence on fossil fuels and by helping to fight pollution.

Sadly, these policies are under assault in state capitols around the nation. But working together, we can – and we will – make a real difference for America.

Today, solar is generating enough electricity to power more than 1.2 million American homes – and right now a solar-powered airplane is making the first ever coast-to-coast flight in U.S. history.

Who would have believed that just 10 years ago? That’s an easy answer: people like you.

On behalf of the 120,000 workers and 5,600 companies which make up the solar industry in the United States, thanks for everything you do to help make solar a great American success story!

Ken Johnson

Vice President, Communications
Solar Energy Industries Association

P.S. — Click to tweet: RT @SEIA: North Carolina Definitively Defeats Effort to Repeal #Renewable Energy Policy: @cleantechnica @zshahan3

P.P.S. — More can be read about the North Carolina bill’s failure on Solar Server.

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