Duke Energy is taking action against a Greensboro church's alternative energy project. The utility isn't happy with a non-profit group selling solar power to the small congregation.

The left-leaning advocacy group NC WARN is facing over $125,000 fines for its role in providing solar energy to Faith Community Church in Greensboro.

At issue is whether or not the group's arrangement to sell power to the church violates state utility law.

Duke wants the North Carolina Utilities Commission to classify the arrangement as a “third-party sale”, which is illegal in the state.

The utility wants NC WARN to pay $1,000 per day in fines dating back more than four months.

But NC WARN says it's offering a way to finance solar power without upfront costs, and is asking the commission to approve the sales.

The group maintains that Duke's insistence on high financial penalties is their way of silencing NC WARN's criticisms of the utility and its policies.

The utilities commission has given all parties until November 20th to respond to arguments made in filings last week.

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