AN ACT exempting catawba county from competitive bidding requirements when letting contracts authorized by its board of commissioners to increase energy efficiency, and to authorize that county to enter into leases for the siting and operation of renewable energy Facilities for twenty years without treating it as a sale and without giving notice by publication.


The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:


SECTION 1.  Catawba County may contract for apparatus, supplies, materials, or equipment that will be used as part of any program authorized by its Board of Commissioners aimed at increasing energy efficiency without being subject to the requirements of G.S. 143-129, 143-131, and 143-132. Notwithstanding any provision of law, the county may award a contract under this section in its sole discretion.

SECTION 2.(a)  If Senate Bill 1114, 2009 Regular Session does not become law, then Section 3 of S.L. 2009-149 reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 3. Section 2 of this act applies to the City Cities of Raleigh and the City of Winston-Salem and Catawba County only."

SECTION 2.(b)  If Senate Bill 1114, 2009 Regular Session becomes law, then Section 3 of S.L. 2009-149 as rewritten by that act reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 3.  Section 2 of this act applies to the Cities of Asheville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem and the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This act also applies to Catawba County."

SECTION 3.  This act is effective when it becomes law.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 8th day of July, 2010.



                                                                    s/  Walter H. Dalton

                                                                         President of the Senate



                                                                    s/  Joe Hackney

                                                                         Speaker of the House of Representatives