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Boeing Going Solar, To Host Huge Array at South Carolina Facility

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, May 31 2011 under: Baker Renewable Energy, Commercial Solar, Boeing, South Carolina Solar

South Carolina gets plenty of sun. But a combination of cheap conventional electricity and the lack of robust renewable-energy incentives has so far kept the state from realizing its full solar potential.

Until now, maybe.

Announced several weeks ago, South Carolina Electric & Gas is planning a single solar project that will -- in one fell swoop -- triple the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) power installed statewide.

At around 2.6 megawatts, the array will comprise 18,095 solar panels and cover 10 acres of roof space at Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner assembly plant at Charleston International Airport.

As relayed by the Charleston Post and Courrier, it was recently announced that

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New: Progress Energy Commercial Solar Incentive

As I outlined about a month ago, Progress Energy has recently expanded its solar rebate and incentive programs. Beyond a new residential solar rebate worth up to $2.00/watt, the North Carolina-based utility has launched a commercial solar program called SunSense Commercial Solar PV. Details on the incentive structure have recently been made available. Here.

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Progress Energy to expand solar incentives

Good news for customers of Progress Energy: the North Carolina-based utility announced yesterday plans to expand the scope of SunSense, its solar energy incentive program. Check out this statement from Progress CEO, Bill Johnson:

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Get to Know an Installer: Sustainable Energy Solutions

This is the first installment of our new Web series, "Get to Know an Installer." We’re going to introduce you to the people who really make the solar industry tick. We also hope to show you how, exactly, our partner installers work with customers to help them meet their energy goals. So without further ado, here's a profile of Paul Fleury and Greg White, two hard-working guys who are trying to bring affordable sustainable energy to greater Charleston, South Carolina.

Spend about a minute on the phone with Paul Fleury, and you'll realize you're speaking with someone who loves what he does for a living. The affable Maryland native left his previous job in the automobile industry to co-found Sustainable Energy Solutions, a Charleston, South Carolina-based company that specializes in installing solar thermal systems. Now Fleury and his partner, Greg White, spend their days helping homeowners understand the benefits of using the sun to heat their domestic water.

When asked what they enjoy most about their new jobs, Fleury chuckled. "No longer having a boss." He then went on, " We enjoy contributing to the community in a way that really helps people. We're trying to help move Charleston forward to becoming a sustainable city. We want people to know that they can reduce their energy use and save money without giving up their lifestyle."

Fleury and White, who both attended the University of Georgia, met in 2004, several years after they graduated. In the interim, White had gained considerable experience with structural wiring and smart monitors for residential applications.

On site in Charleston, South Carolina

Following some preliminary conversations, the two decided to get serious about starting their own company. They spent four months putting together a business plan. The decision to install solar thermal systems was "a natural choice," according to Fleury. He noted that such systems are relatively affordable compared to solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, and offer a solid return on investment. "We saw solar thermal as one of the best ways to help homeowners save money and energy, right off the bat," Fleury noted.

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