The News & Observer
Five years ago, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to set a renewable energy and efficiency standard. The 12.5 percent by 2021 standard is a great goal, and we should keep raising the bar.
In the meantime, by changing a key regulation, the state can bring more business to North Carolina, increase energy independence and help residents buy the power they choose without government interference.
The renewable energy industry has been a boon to North Carolina’s economy. More than 500 companies are involved in the solar industry in the state, producing components, installing solar arrays and providing thousands of high-quality, high-tech jobs. Last year, solar-cell developer Semprius opened a manufacturing facility in Henderson, where it plans to hire more than 250 employees.