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Title: Harvesting Solar Energy in Western North Carolina


1
Harvesting Solar Energy in Western North Carolina
  • Brent Summerville
  • Western NC Renewable Energy Initiative
  • July 2008

2
If we took all the worlds reserves of coal, oil,
and gas and burned them at a rate fast enough to
give us the same amount of heat we are accustomed
to receiving from the sun, the supply would be
entirely gone in less than three days. -Branley,
F. (1957). Solar Energy
3
Learn from Nature
A cat sunning himself in the doorway of a barn
knows all about solar energy. Why cant man
learn? -E.B. White
Augustyn, J. (1979, 2003) The Return of the
Solar Car Book
4
Big Brains
Augustyn, J. (1979, 2003) The Return of the
Solar Car Book
5
New Construction? Build It Right
www.wncgbc.org
6
www.dsireusa.org
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables
    Efficiency

7
Available Incentives
  • NC State tax credit
  • Federal tax credit
  • Federal Accelerated depreciation (MACRS)
  • USDA Farm Bill
  • Property tax exemption

8
NC State Tax Credit
  • Enacted in 2000, extended 5 years in 2005
  • 35 of installed cost
  • Limits
  • 1,400 solar hot water and solar pool heating
  • 3,500 passive solar, active solar space
    heating, combined solar space and water heating
  • 10,500 PV, Wind, other residential RE
  • 2,500,000 Commercial/Industrial

9
Federal Tax Credit
  • Part of Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • Set to Expire December 31, 2008
  • 30 of installed cost for solar water and PV
  • Limits
  • 2,000 for solar-electric systems and solar
    water- heating systems
  • No max Commercial/Industrial

10
47 Off!
Nows The Time! The system will cost 6000
installed After tax credits, your cost is only
3192
11
Combining NC and Fed Credits
12
Accelerated depreciation
  • Federal Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System
    (MACRS)
  • Solar property can be depreciated in five years.
  • Total deduction tax rate x 85 x system cost
  • .34 x .85 x 80,000 23,120

13
NC Property Tax Exemption
  • In addition to the tax credit, North Carolina
    provides for a property tax exemption for solar
    water heating and active space heating or cooling
    systems.
  • This means that the additional value of your
    solar system relative to a conventional heating
    or cooling system is excluded in the appraisal
    for property tax purposes.

14
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Grants and Loans
  • The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
  • 55 million for FY 2009, 60 million for FY 2010,
    70 million for FY 2011, and 70 million for FY
    2012.  
  • 25 grants
  • 75 max grant loan
  • www.farmenergy.org
  • All applications go through our NC contact
  • H. Rossie Bullock, USDA RD
  • PO Box 7426
  • Lumberton, NC 28359
  • (910) 739-3349 ext 4
  • rossie.bullock_at_nc.usda.gov

15
Goat Lady Dairy
  • Solar thermal system 10,000
  • Federal Farm Bill grant for 2,500
  • 30 federal tax credit
  • Depreciate the system over five years
  • 35-percent North Carolina corporate tax credit
  • Add it all up, and the 10,000 solar thermal
    system is costing Steve Tate less than 1,500.

16
Local Installers
Find a NC installer at www.greenprofessionals.org
Here are a few local ones....
17
Local Installers
  • Advanced Thermal Solutions
  • Tomas Koenig
  • Saluda, NC
  • 828-749-1774
  • atsinc_at_mchsi.com www.gotsun.com

18
Local Installers
  • Appalachian Energy Services
  • Seth Wiley
  • Murphy, NC
  • Toll Free (888)314-1933 Local (828) 278-2074
    info_at_appalachiansolar.com www.WNCsolar.com

19
Local Installers
  • Appalachian Energy Solutions
  • Kent Hively
  • Sugar Grove, NC
  • 828-773-9762
  • kenthively_at_yahoo.com
  • www.appalachianenergysolutions.com

20
Local Installers
  • Appalachian Energy Fletcher, NC
  • 866-813-7323
  • info_at_appalachianenergy.com www.appalachianenergy
    .com

21
Local Installers
  • Atomic Solar
  • 165 Whirlwind Drive Burnsville, NC 28714 (828)
    675-9643 atomic_at_wnclink.com

22
Local Installers
  • Blue Ridge Energy Solutions
  • Bill Poteat Morganton, NC
  • 800-689-8824
  • bresco_at_charter.net
  • www.brescoltd.com

23
Local Installers
  • FLS Energy, Inc.
  • Dale Freudenberger
  • 400 Eastside Dr.
  • Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • 828-669-5070
  • FAX 828-669-5046
  • info_at_flsenergy.com
  • www.flsenergy.com

24
Local Installers
  • Solar Dynamics
  • Ole Sorenson
  • phones 828-665-8507 and 828-231-9106 Fax
    828-665-8507
  • ole_at_solardynamicsnc.com
  • 40 Green Valley Rd.
  • Asheville, NC 28806
  • www.solardynamicsnc.com

25
Local Installers
  • Sundance Power Systems
  • Dave Hollister
  • Phone 828.689.2080 Fax 828.680.9798 925 Beauty
    Spot Cove Mars Hill, NC 28754 info_at_sundancepower.c
    om
  • www.sundancepower.com

26
www.nabcep.org
27
Web Resources
  • North Carolina Solar Center
  • www.ncsc.ncsu.edu
  • Florida Solar Energy Center
  • www.fsec.ucf.edu
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables
    Efficiency
  • www.dsireusa.org
  • NC GreenPower
  • www.ncgreenpower.org
  • USDA Farm Bill
  • www.farmenergy.org
  • WNC Renewable Energy Initiative
  • www.wind.appstate.edu

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Questions?
  • Thanks
  • Brent Summerville
  • 828-262-7333
  • wind_at_appstate.edu
  • wind.appstate.edu

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