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Here Comes the Sun

Your 2-minute monthly guide to solar news, stories, and local events.
December 2018
*From everyone at SEM, HAPPY HOLIDAYS*
Solar in the News
Let's Get Ethical: Shady Solar in NC

With Duke Energy's solar rebate providing significant financial incentives for employing solar panels, there have been some shady business practices in North Carolina. This isn't new and we've written several things to help consumers be equipped, like these 5 heartbreaking situations in the NC solar industry. This recent account of how these companies sometimes act confirms the need for consumers to do your research before making a big investment like solar! And to stay with local, long-tenured companies like SEM!

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Growing 30% in 2018 over 2017, national solar generation continues to play an increasingly important role in our national energy portfolio. 
Driven by sustainability and efficiency, students at East Chapel Hill High School are doing their part for the environment through solar.
 
Don't Miss the NC Solar Rebate
Duke Rebate Opening January 2nd

On Jan 2, 2019, applications will open for Duke Energy's 2019 solar rebate program in North Carolina. The rebate program has an annual cap and the 2018 program filled up in about 10 days this past summer. We expect the 2019 rebate to fill up even faster this year!  (The 30% federal tax credit is still in place for 2019, but will decrease in 2020. Read more about how to utilize the tax incentives on our blog.)

In order to apply for the rebate, an electrical design must be created by Southern Energy Management and the project will need to be submitted to Duke Energy for interconnection before the application period opens on Jan. 2, 2019. 

This rebate allows you to get the most financial benefit for your solar system. It can take a couple weeks to get your project ready to apply for Duke Energy's rebate, so if you are interested in taking advantage of this rebate, you need to act NOW! 

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Shine Tribe Solar Spotlight
Solar & Sustainability
12.88 kw solar system 
High performance building & green living
Welcome to the first solar spotlight in our new series showcasing the stories of our Shine Tribe members! Seeing completed installs on gorgeous homes like this is always rewarding, but at the end of the day, learning about our customers’ journeys and why they chose to go solar is even more fulfilling. We hope this story will give you a glimpse into one person's motivation for going solar & living sustainably, offering both hope and practical suggestions for how you can change the way you make and use energy. 

Our first solar spotlight comes from a Shine Tribe member in southern Wake County who first went solar with us in 2015 and recently upgraded their PV system in 2018. 
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Happy Holidays from SEM
From our entire SEM team to your families, friends, and loved ones: Happy Holidays! May your days (and solar systems) be merry and bright!
We want to hear from you! We’d love to hear your feedback on our newsletter and your ideas for solar questions we can answer on our blog. And as always, please feel free to reach out with any questions - we're here to help! Reply to this email or send a message to happiness@southern-energy.com.
Our business is driven primarily by word-of-mouth referrals. We promise to take great care of any friends or family you send our way! If your referral goes solar, we’ll celebrate by giving you each $250. So get out there and share the joy of your solar system!
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