North Carolina has statewide permitting requirements for wind energy facilities. Any wind turbine or collection of wind turbines located within a half mile of each other with a collective rated capacity of one megawatt (MW) or greater must receive a permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) before starting construction. The legislation provides details regarding the process and timeline for obtaining a permit, siting considerations, approval criteria, fees, and other requirements. Refer to the legislation for the full details.
This rule states regulations for water withdrawals, permits required for withdrawals and water use during water droughts and emergencies. Self-supplied business and industrial water users subject to the water withdrawal registration shall prepare a written plan, for responding to water shortages that is consistent with industry water efficiency and drought response guidelines.
This act sets rules for withdrawing waters in excess of 100,000 gallons per day, for constructing, installing or operating any new well or withdrawal facilities having a capacity in excess of a rate established by the rule, prohibiting any person discharging water pollutants to the waters from increasing the rate of discharge in excess of the rate established in the rule, prohibiting any person from constructing, installing or operating any facility that will or may result in the discharge of water pollutants to the waters in excess of the rate established in the rule.
In 2006, Watauga County adopted a wind ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems in the county and to describe the conditions by which a permit for installing such a system may be obtained. This policy was adopted in the context of an on-going debate over the legal interpretation of the [http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/ByArticle/C... 1983 Ridge Protection Act].
The rules in this Subchapter apply to all persons proposing to construct, alter, extend, or operate any sewer system, treatment works, disposal system, contaminates soil treatment system, animal waste management system, stormwater management system or residual disposal/utilization system which does not discharge to surface waters of the state, including systems which discharge waste onto or below land surface.
Union Power Cooperative offers low interest loans to help its residential customers finance new, energy-efficient heat pumps. Interest rates, currently at 9%, will be fixed for the term of the loan. Loans can be up to $7,500 over five years. Customers pay back the loan with payments on monthly electric bills. There is a one time loan filing fee of $42. Contact Union Power Cooperative for more information regarding this program.
In October 2007, the town of Kill Devil Hills adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of wind-energy systems. The ordinance directs any individual or organization wishing to install a wind-energy system to obtain a zoning permit from the town planning board.
'''Size Requirements:''' Wind turbine towers are restricted to a height of 80 feet with a maximum rotor size of 23 feet in diameter. The combined height of the system must not exceed 92 feet above finished grade. All wind systems are limited to a rated power of 10 kilowatts (kW).
Chapel Hill is using money made available to it from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help subsidize energy efficiency improvements in Chapel Hill homes. Qualified homeowners can choose from a list of pre-qualified contractors who will conduct energy assessments to identify improvement areas and will ultimately install the equipment. The town will issue a subsidy of either 20% or 40% of the cost of the project after utility rebates have been deducted. $1,500 is the maximum amount that will be awarded to any home.
In 2003, the Town of Chapel Hill adopted a land-use management ordinance that includes prohibitions against neighborhood or homeowners association covenants or other conditions of sale that restrict or prohibit the use, installation or maintenance of solar-collection devices. This ordinance was adopted prior to North Carolina's [http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=NC08R&re... statewide solar access law].