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That mass of incandescent gas hovering 93 million miles away? Its energy is free and for the taking, if we could only tame it. The possibilities of solar energy and other renewables are the topic of a free public forum, "A Sustainable Energy Future—Mapping the Way," Friday, Jan. 15, from 5-9 p.m., at the Friday Center, N.C. 54 and Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill.

The UNC Solar Energy Research Center is sponsoring the event, part of a concurrent scientific conference, "Solar Fuels and Energy Storage: The Unmet Needs." The conference will delve into current research on finding better ways to store and use the sun's energy, such as converting it into fuels or storing electrical energy for later use. For more details, go to

A note about a recent Living Green column: We received information last week from UNC that university officials had misdated correspondence with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources regarding a leak in an animal wastewater storage pond at the Bingham Facility (previously known as the Resource Research Facility and informally called the Farm). See "The Farm springs a leak," Dec. 23, 2009.

The original letter referred to a Nov. 10 phone call between UNC and DENR; university officials said the call happened on Dec. 10 and have amended the letter to reflect the new date.

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