We have the power

With twice as much sun as Germany, the world’s solar leader, and a burgeoning solar industry, North Carolina is poised to be a leader in the country for generating clean, renewable energy from the sun’s rays. We’ve made incredible progress in the last five years, and we have the potential for much more. Unfortunately, a few powerful legislators are intent on taking the state backwards.

Exponential and recent growth

Solar power has increased exponentially in North Carolina in the last several years. In fact, our state ranked second nationally for solar power installations in 2013, trailing only California.

Our explosive growth in solar power doesn’t just reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. It has also marked a bright spot in our economy.

Leading the nation toward clean energy

North Carolina’s surge in solar installations was no accident. Since 1977, the state has offered some of the nation’s most generous tax incentives for investments in renewable energy. In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to require a certain percentage of its power from solar, wind, and other forms of clean energy.

We can do more

Of course, we need to do more to grow solar in North Carolina. With solar panels on 700,000 roofs across the state by 2030, we could derive 14 percent of our energy from solar power. 

By increasing solar requirements, continuing our solar incentives, and allowing industries besides just Duke Energy to sell solar power on a large scale, North Carolina leaders can continue the state’s progress to a clean energy future.

Don't go backwards

Unfortunately, a few powerful members in the NC General Assembly appear intent on taking the state backwards when it comes to clean energy and clean jobs.  But Governor Pat McCrory can stop them. Take action to keep us moving forward!


Campaign Updates

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Report: 20 percent solar in reach

RALEIGH, NC –Solar power is growing so quickly in North Carolina that goals once considered ambitious are now readily achievable, according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center.

“We can get to 20% solar in North Carolina by 2030 if we just keep our foot on the accelerator,” said Maya Gold, Clean Energy Associate with Environment North Carolina. “That’s a small fraction of what’s possible, but it will make a big difference in the quality of our lives and the future of our planet.”

The group’s researchers found that North Carolina’s solar capacity has grown 127% in recent years. At a fifth of this pace, solar could still generate 20% of North Carolina’s electricity within 15 years— a goal once thought improbable by many.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Star Power

North Carolina could meet its energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy that strikes the state every day in the form of sunlight. With solar installation costs falling, the efficiency of solar cells rising, and the threats of air pollution and global warming ever-looming, solar power is becoming a more attractive and widespread source of energy every day.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

North Carolina Steps Closer to Offshore Wind Energy

Washington, DC—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the designation of over 275,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina for offshore wind on August 11. 

“We are thrilled that the Obama administration has announced another critical step forward in making this vision a reality for America. There is tremendous potential for producing clean, pollution-free wind energy off of our coasts and over time we can expand wind energy areas much farther. ”

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New Report Highlights Clouds in Solar Growth for North Carolina

Raleigh, NC – Over the last few years North Carolina has emerged as a national leader in solar power. But according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center titled “Lighting The Way,” the story might not be as bright as often told. While North Carolina ranks fourth for solar installation in terms of overall capacity, the state ranks tenth per capita, behind cloudier states like New Jersey and Massachusetts. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74 percent of all the new electric generation capacity installed in the United States.

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