NC Solar Center: Supporting Renewables in the South
Strangely, we don't appear to have covered the North Carolina Solar Center before. Part of NC State University, the center has been running since 1988, and operates as "a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels."
The organization also participates in programs with a much wider scope than simply solar technologies, including the NC Coastal Wind Initiative, NC HealthyBuilt Homes, and the North Carolina Daylighting Consortium. The Solar Center is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Administration's State Energy Office, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the North Carolina Solar Center Foundation.