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As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to make use of solar energy’s environmental and economic benefits, it has launched an online information hub called Solar RoadMap. Available at, the portal offers online tools and resources to help make solar energy easier, faster, and more cost-effective for Greensboro businesses and residents.

Greensboro is one of more than 240 city and county governments nationwide and one of only 12 in North Carolina who participated in the Solar RoadMap program, funded by the US Department of Energy. The goal of the Solar RoadMap initiative is to improve competitiveness in local solar energy markets.

The City’s Planning Department staff collaborated with representatives of this federal program to identify and verify information about solar use in Greensboro, information that formed the basis of the custom-tailored Greensboro Solar RoadMap.

One feature of the portal is an assessment of the local solar market potential.

Findings show that if local consumers shifted 5 percent of the electricity used in Greensboro to solar sources, they could generate an additional $242 million in economic activity and support more than 1,200 new jobs.

Such a shift would produce a CO2 offset equivalent to taking more than 18,000 cars off Greensboro’s streets or planting more than 110 square miles of trees annually.

Another feature of the portal is its ability to rate Greensboro’s performance in four key solar energy focus areas: permitting and inspection processes, planning and zoning standards, project financing options, and solar market development.

Solar RoadMap findings show that Greensboro is making good progress in these areas, achieving 52 percent of the portal’s recommended goals and activities.

Other features of Solar RoadMap are a database of national best-practices consumers can use to make solar system installation more cost-effective, and technical assistance, training and support for accessing Greensboro local solar energy market.

“Greensboro’s Solar RoadMap program will be a valuable tool for implementing goals and strategies of the City’s Connections 2025 Comprehensive Plan and Sustainability Action Plan,” says Sue Schwartz, Planning Department director. “Measurement is the first step in improving efficiency, managing emissions and taking action to reduce them.”


Minority businesses throughout the Triad region will receive tips on how to make their businesses successful at the 2016 Triad Minority Business Expo Weekend presented by Maximum Enterprises Inc. of Winston-Salem. The expo, in its third year, is free and open to the public. It is expected to attract hundreds of people to visit the more than 60 minority and female-owned businesses and vendors.

The two-day event kicks off Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, with a Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament at the Winston Lake Golf Course, 3535 Winston Lake Road, Winston-Salem. Tee time is scheduled for 9 a.m. following registration and Continental breakfast at 8 a.m.

The Triad Minority Business Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at the Biotech Place at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, located at 575 Patterson Ave., in Winston-Salem. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Expo will feature workshops and sessions designed with the entrepreneur in mind, no matter what type or level of business they operate. The educational sessions, taught by local business leaders, will focus on how to help the entrepreneur grow their business, increase their profits and maximize their probability of success. Honorable Co-Chairs of the event are Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines and Greensboro City Councilman Jamal Fox.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and greet the Expo’s special guests who include; actor and entrepreneur Lamman Rucker. Best known for his role in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married film sequels and sitcom Meet the Browns and currently starring in the OWN drama series “Greenleaf.” Rucker’s Greenleaf co-star Julian Brittano will be on hand as well. The actor, music composer and voice artist has also had roles in Good Behavior, The Walking Dead, House of Cards and Containment. And there will also be a chance to meet Petri Hawkins Byrd, also known as ‘Officer Byrd’ from the TV court show, Judge Judy.

More information can be found at: For additional information or questions, call (336) 448-4177. !