North Carolina Policy

Homeowners and businesses throughout North Carolina installed a total of 335 megawatts of grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) in 2013. That accomplishment places North Carolina 2nd in the country for solar power capacity added in 2013, trailing only California. The primary reason for this is simple — policy.

North Carolina was one of the first states in the country to offer a tax credit for renewable energy purchases back in 1977. And in 2007 it became the first state in the southeast to establish a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). Our generous 35 percent investment tax credit for renewable energy equipment enables millions of dollars in investments every year, and our REPS creates market certainty for these investments.

A Raleigh solar homeowner realizing his dream of being an early adopter.

A Raleigh solar homeowner realizing his dream of being an early adopter (photo courtesy of Yes! Solar Solutions)

The  Center’s Energy Policy Program helps residents and businesses understand the nuances of the tax credit and other policies and incentives that serve as drivers for the renewable energy industry in the state.

Below is some of the information that the Center has put together for North Carolina’s solar industry.

1. N.C. Commercial Solar Incentives – details federal and state tax credits, loans, RECs, and other incentives for solar installation businesses.

2. N.C. Residential Solar Incentives – details federal and state tax benefits and other incentives for home owners with solar installations.

3. Template Solar Ordinance – This document is intended to offer a path that could facilitate solar project development for companies and landowners while simultaneously creating a framework for local governments to ensure the safeguarding of local values and interests.