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NC solar businesses endorse EPA Clean Power Plan

Solar powerIn case you missed it and could use bit of good news, the folks at Environment North Carolina have some. The group held a press event yesterday touting the support of 49 businesses from North Carolina’s booming solar industry for the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan. This is from the statement released yesterday:

North Carolina solar businesses ready to roll with clean power

528 solar businesses, including 49 from North Carolina, issued a letter to the White House today, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

“As solar power installers, manufacturers, designers, aggregators, product suppliers, and consultants, we welcome the EPA’s unveiling of the Clean Power Plan,” reads the letter, organized by the advocacy group Environment North Carolina. “This plan is a critical step toward transforming our energy system to one that protects our health and environment, and that of our children.” 

In June, the EPA proposed its Clean Power Plan to address the growing threat of climate change. The plan would require power plants in North Carolina to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030. This proposal is open for public comment until December 1st, and could be finalized by next year.

States will have the flexibility to meet the limits introduced by the Clean Power Plan. Businesses signing the letter said the proposal should dramatically accelerate the development of clean energy across North Carolina.

“All North Carolina residents and businesses should support the Clean Power Plan,” says Ryan Miller, executive director of North Carolina Building Performance Association and one of several signatories from across North Carolina.  “This plan puts money back in our pockets and improves the home and buildings we live and work in every day.”

Read the rest of the statement by clicking here.

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