Chapel Hill Christmas Parade
December 12, 2009
Strata Solar / Solar Tech South and the Town of Chapel Hill participated in the annual Chapel Hill Christmas parade on December 12, 2009. Strata Solar / Solar Tech South and local middle school kids built and tested a solar panel and battery system to power the sound equipment for the parade event. The children calculated the power output of the solar panel, connected a battery back-up system, and were taught the fundamentals of where our local power comes from. We would like to send out a special thanks to the Town of Chapel Hill and Wes Tilghman for their assistance. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to next year!
State of North Carolina
Office of the Governor
November 13, 2009
Contact: Chrissy Pearson
Cell: (919) 215-4669
Office: (919) 733-0767
Governor Perdue Names N.C. Energy Policy Council Members
Raleigh- Gov. Bev Perdue today announced the appointeees to the North Carolina Energy Policy Council. The council was recognized during the past legislative session as part of Gov. Perdue's strategy to make North Carolina a leader in green economy jobs by strengthening state leadership in energy policy and making smart investments to create green jobs and foster innovation.
“We must continue to act aggressively to make North Carolina a global leader in the green economy – and the Energy Policy Council is a critical part of my efforts to strengthen energy policymaking in state government,” Gov. Perdue said.
The council will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the offices of Advanced Energy on the N.C. State University Centennial Campus.
Tim Toben, of Chapel Hill, a principal in green energy and green building ventures in the state, has been named chairman of the council. He serves on the N.C. Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change and is the chairman of the Board of Visitors at the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment.
The law requires that Gov. Perdue's appointees come from specific sectors of the state's energy economy, as follows:
Electric power industry: George Everett, of Raleigh – Duke Energy
Natural gas industry: George Baldwin, of Charlotte – Piedmont Natural Gas
Energy policy matters: Jo Anne Sanford, of Raleigh – Sanford Law Offices
Alternative fuels and biofuels: Steven Burke, of Oxford – Biofules Center
Energy efficient building design or construction: Tim Toben, of Chapel Hill – Greenbridge Develoment
Environmental protection: Michael Regan, of Raleigh – Environmental Defense Fund
Providing renewable energy services: Markus Wilhelm, of Chapel Hill – Strata Solar / Solar Tech South
Renewable sources of energy: Simon Rich, of Edenton – Fuqua Rich Weeks LLC
County or city commissioner: Rodney W. Locks, of Brevard – Brevard City Council
Development of energy-related business: Henry McKoy, of Durham – Fourth Sector Financial
Low income residential weatherization: Reginal Speight, of Williamston – Martin County Community Action
Petroleum industry: Kevin Garrison, of Concord – South Central Oil Company
Appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight are Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange and Sen. Richard Stevens , R-Wake. Appointed by Hose Speaker Joe Hackney are Rep. Angela Bryant , D-Nash and Rep. Pricey Harrison, D- Guilford.