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The final batch of solar and other renewable energy projects requested under the "safe harbor" law enacted in April by the General Assembly could cost North Carolina taxpayers as much as $937,804,785 in credits, according to aggregated figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department...
It is now being acknowledged by even its staunchest supporters that the solar industry in North Carolina is completely a creature of government mandates and subsidies and could never stand on its own without wealth transfers from taxpayers and rate payers. In other words, it is completely welfare...
In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly established a 35 percent credit for investing in renewable energy. This credit was slated to sunset at the end of 2010. By 2010-11, the Tax Research Division of the Department of Revenue estimated, the credits taken would cost the state $5.65 million...
At a recent event with Harry Reid in Las Vegas President Obama accused conservatives of being inconsistent in their support for free markets. Why? Apparently because they are "not for" solar power. Here's what he had to say to the gathering...
An environmental group lauding North Carolina for ranking No. 4 nationally in solar energy capacity agrees with foes of renewable energy mandates -- the state's purported boom in clean energy mostly results from the government forcing utilities to purchase the higher-cost energy, along with...
We hear a lot of lip service from Republicans in Raleigh about the beauty of the free market.
An interesting item suddenly appeared this week in the N.C. Senate farm bill. This item made its appearance a few short days after the new state budget was finally approved. Among other things, the new budget ended North Carolina's longtime, exceedingly generous 35 percent investment tax credit...
State Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, warns North Carolina "may be on the way to [becoming] the next Superfund site" because it lacks a closure plan for hundreds of millions of tons of solar farm materials containing hazardous substances when the solar facilities wear out.
North Carolina has no environmental rules for shutting down solar projects safely, state officials say, and may lack sufficient facilities to dispose of the glass, steel, industrial lubricants, and toxic elements after solar panels in the state's expanding solar industry reach the end of their usefu
There's a corner in my house that is highly attractive to cats. In a few short years, this place has gone from somewhere no cat would ever be seen to an area heavily visited by kitties. One might describe this spot as an Emerging Leader in Cat Corners.
In March 2015, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources published "The Energy Report: A Snapshot of North Carolina's Energy Portfolio Seven Years After Session Law 2007-397."
As reported in The Fayetteville Observer back in March: From 2007 to 2014...$421 million [was spent in the Cape Fear region] on solar projects. In the first 70 days of 2015, Dallas-based Principal Solar announced plans to tack on another $325 million worth of facilities in Cumberland and Bladen...
In part one of this series we reported on right-of-center political consultants who have created an innovative business model advising a growing number of Republican legislators to turn their backs on conservative, free-market principles to take up the cause of more government mandates...
What do President Barack Obama and a growing number of Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have in common? The answer - their love of major solar energy companies - Big Solar, for short.
In two previous articles, we examined how Republican political consultants in North Carolina have pushed the agenda of Big Solar - the solar power companies and their millionaire owners - in order to protect renewable power source mandates, thus driving up electricity bills and hampering the...
The physical resemblance is uncanny, but it's not the only thing Jay Faison and Tom Steyer have in common. They both are wealthy political environmental activists who have decided they will spend their millions/billions to support the politics of environmentalism and the agenda of Big Solar - one...
If an industry can provide its product only by using the government to force others to deal with it, then it is not an industry that can be functional in a truly free market. This is the case for the solar power industry, including what are called third-party sales of solar-generated electricity.
From a report filed early Saturday by WRAL-TV news, we have confirmation that a cluster of businesses owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and other family members collected even more subsidies from taxpayers than initially reported. While Carolina Journal's Don Carrington has...
Drew Elliot, communications director for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has confirmed to Carolina Journal that a staff review of potential "self-dealing" with a stimulus grant awarded to a company owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and other family members.
The handling of a $250,644 stimulus grant received by a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband has been referred to the state auditor by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for "further legal review," according to documents obtained by Carolina Journal.
There's a corner in my house that is highly attractive to cats. In a few short years, this place has gone from somewhere no cat would ever be seen to an area heavily visited by kitties. One might describe this spot as an Emerging Leader in Cat Corners.
The House on Tuesday approved a Senate bill that would extend the state's 35 percent renewable energy tax credit - set to expire at the end of 2015 - by one year to allow several major solar farms to hook up to the power grid. Over five years, the solar companies could collect as much as...
If an industry can provide its product only by using the government to force others to deal with it, then it is not an industry that can be functional in a truly free market. This is the case for the solar power industry, including what are called third-party sales of solar-generated electricity.
From a report filed early Saturday by WRAL-TV news, we have confirmation that a cluster of businesses owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and other family members collected even more subsidies from taxpayers than initially reported. While Carolina Journal's Don Carrington has...
Drew Elliot, communications director for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has confirmed to Carolina Journal that a staff review of potential "self-dealing" with a stimulus grant awarded to a company owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and other family members.
The handling of a $250,644 stimulus grant received by a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's husband has been referred to the state auditor by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for "further legal review," according to documents obtained by Carolina Journal.
There's a corner in my house that is highly attractive to cats. In a few short years, this place has gone from somewhere no cat would ever be seen to an area heavily visited by kitties. One might describe this spot as an Emerging Leader in Cat Corners.
The House on Tuesday approved a Senate bill that would extend the state's 35 percent renewable energy tax credit - set to expire at the end of 2015 - by one year to allow several major solar farms to hook up to the power grid. Over five years, the solar companies could collect as much as...
House Republicans are taking another whack at ending subsidies attached to government-mandated purchases of renewable energy. House Bill 681 would require solar and other "green" power to compete with traditional fuel sources in the government-regulated electricity industry and determine the energy
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