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Living off the grid (access required)

This off-the-grid house at 138 Kiser Street in Bessemer City features a metal roof and stone facade. A conversion system will allow the owner to store power from electric cars. Photo courtesy of Mike Stricklin

Joe Bowling attributes his longtime affinity to a self-sustaining lifestyle to his mother’s Depression-era childhood and her subsequent belief in the motto “waste not, want not.” The 49-year-old Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic even started a company 10 years ...

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Alevo announces plans for Concord plant (access required)

Alevo's "utility-grade" rechargeable batteries will be housed in 40-foot shipping containers called GridBanks. Photo by Eric Dinkins

After six years of research and development, energy service provider Alevo Group announced plans for its 2,000-acre manufacturing facility in Concord at a launch ceremony Tuesday. Alevo is repurposing the 3.5 million-square-foot building, previously the Philip Morris USA Industrial Campus ...

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