Solar panels on on the roof of a building on Lake Wheeler Road. This installation will offset the building’s energy usage; enough energy to power nearly 3 homes per year.

Solarize Raleigh Program Leads to Confusion, Consternation

Spearheaded by the North Carolina Solar Center, the Solarize Raleigh program is designed as a way of lowering the costs for and increasing the participation in residential solar energy installations across the city. But some in the solar industry are concerned it may do more harm than good.

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Raleigh to Spend $150,000 in Falls Lake Research

Raleigh and nearby municipalities will kick in funding for Falls Lake research after the state Environmental Commission rejected a state plan for controlling nutrient pollution, but many think the state should pay for the work.

One of the completed bio-retention cells.

City’s Stormwater Quality Cost Share Program Underutilized

Although the city of Raleigh has been setting aside a total of $250,000 per year since 2009 for a Stormwater Quality Cost Share program, only 16 projects have been approved to date, with nine of them having reached completion, for a total cost to the city of $135,527.

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Raleigh, Partners React as State Reduces Support for Water Supply

The North Carolina General Assembly eliminated tax credits and other funding to protect land in watersheds. The City of Raleigh and its partners are working to figure out new solutions to protect drinking water supplies from pollution. This story is the second of a two-part series about Raleigh’s efforts to protect its water supplies from nutrient pollution and sedimentation.