North Carolina justices uphold group's solar power violation

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Supreme Court has quickly rejected a challenge to regulators deciding a clean-energy advocacy group broke the rules by selling solar power to a church.

The justices heard oral arguments last month in the case involving NC WARN, which installed solar panels on a Greensboro church's roof and sold electricity to the church at rates below what utility monopoly Duke Energy charged.

On Friday, the court's one-word opinion upheld the majority decision by a lower court and the 2016 order against NC WARN by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

The commission, Duke Energy and other power companies said the group was intruding on protected business territory. The commission issued a nearly $60,000 fine against NC WARN. The group's executive director expects that penalty will be set aside.

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