Curious about how the solar industry is growing in North Carolina? Since 2007, NC has started appearing on the map for solar. In 2008, NC was number 10 in installed capacity during that year, and in 2009, NC was number 10 in installed PV capacity. At the end of 2010, NC was number 11 for cumulative installed capacity across the United States. As of September 2011, NC ranked 8th for cumulative installed PV capacity.
Because of this increase in PV installations, North Carolina has increased the number of those employed in the solar industry, which is great news for our local economy.
This growth has largely been due to the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and solar carve out for solar. North Carolina is the first state in the Southeast to have the RPS standard.
To learn more about solar in North Carolina, our own Amy Heinemann, Sr. Policy Analyst, created a presentation that provides an overview of how policy, partners, and industry have made solar work in North Carolina.